Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Psychotherapy: What is it?

The words 'Counselling' and 'Psychotherapy' are often used interchangeably and overlap in a number of ways.  Professionals trained in this area will agree that Counsellors, Psychotherapists and Clinical Psychologists are people who are trained:
  • to listen to people and give them advice about their problems
  • to provide treatment of emotional or psychological distress by discussing with the sufferer the problems which caused the distress, instead of using drugs
Counselling, in specific situations, is offered as part of the psychotherapy process; whereas a counsellor may work with clients in a psychotherapeutic manner.

It is much more useful if you think about whether the information you have about the professional tells you if this is someone you want to work with or not.  This may mean meeting the professional first, to interview them and find out if you will be able to work with them, which is why several professionals offer a reduced price consultation session.   

I work with teenagers, couples, men, women, any age in Leeds, Rotherham and Sheffield.
Contact me on 07970 126670 or email
Trainee Transactional Analyst with Psychotherapy speciality

On this website, counsellor, therapist, psychologist, psychotherapist, clinical psychologist and various other terms are used interchangeably. 

Counselling and Psychotherapy describe a talking therapy used to treat many personal difficulties such as depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties and generally coming to terms with difficult situations and changes in your life. 

Psychotherapy or counselling involve talking to a licensed professional during a scheduled series of weekly appointments. Psychotherapy can be offered for a six sessions initially, in order to find out what the key issues are. Then if you want to carry on, the therapist will make a contract with you to work on the things you wish to change or solve. For some people this takes 6 months, but can in some cases take many years.

Sometimes people have not dealt with a past trauma, and this now means that their mental health is reduced, because they are trying to keep the experience in the past and the attached emotions locked away.  Often the seal on the lock of avoided feelings starts to decay, and leak so that it needs to be handle, to avoid past feelings interfering with how you operate today.

Sometimes people are lucky enough to realise that they need to get help when the emotions first occur.  I offer teenagers, youths and young adults help, and make sure that you can make sense of the help that is on offer. 

But sometimes people wait till they are at a later time in their lives when they have more resources available to be able to cope with the difficulties.  It is not always clear why people wait to get help; maybe they did not have enough resillience to face up to a person, situation or a mishap. It might be that as a young teenager, you are not able to deal with it, and you wait till you are married, or middle aged before you feel able to resolve the problem from the past.  If these past difficulties start to affect your marriage, relationships with your family,  or other people around you, you might want to make an appointment.

I work with teenagers, couples, men, women, any age in Leeds, Rotherham and Sheffield.
Contact me on 07970 126670 or email