Confusing though it may seem, psychotherapy and counselling are broadly interchangeable terms. In a general sense, psychotherapy refers to longer term or ‘deeper’ work, while counselling refers to the addressing of a specific issue. In the real world however, the specific issues we experience always tell us something about the way in which we live and therefore cannot be separated from our lives in general.
Being in therapy thus offers a unique experience. It is a regular, confidential and supportive space for you. A safe and confidential space for you to share your thoughts and feelings about your life, your concerns and your hopes for the future.
Most people initially come to therapy because they feel stuck in their lives and unsure of how to move forward. In our sessions together I will help you to honestly and openly explore your story and support you in finding new and more rewarding ways of experiencing your life.
What do people come to talk about?
- relationship difficulties
- sadness, depression, emptiness, low self-esteem
- anxiety, stress, panic, fear
- obsessive or addictive behaviour
- eating disorders
- family issues
- identity and purpose
- loneliness and isolation
- anger, guilt, mood swings
- bereavement or other loss
- shyness, lack of confidence
- death and dying
- sexuality or sexual activity
- career and work-related issues
- self-harm or suicidal thoughts
While this list is by no means comprehensive, the way in which each of us experiences our difficulties is unique. Psychotherapy provides us with an opportunity to become aware of exactly how we experience our difficulties in a personal sense and discover ways to overcome the challenges we face in our daily lives.
David O’Hara MA, UKCP