What To Expect
Counselling and Psychotherapy
Counselling and psychotherapy are often considered similar or interchangeable terms, but there is a difference between the two in historical context.
Historically, counselling was seen as a shorter-term solution for addressing recent or pressing issues, while psychotherapy was seen as a deeper exploration of long-standing problems that required attention to past experiences and could span several months to a few years.
Today, however, many counsellors and psychotherapists work in both areas, addressing both short and long-term problems and incorporating both present and past experiences in their treatment.
It’s normal and beneficial for individuals to have someone to talk to about their thoughts, emotions, and behaviours.
This is because we are social beings who thrive on relationships!
However, sometimes we are unable to reach out to others for various reasons, which can exacerbate our challenges. Working with a professional therapist provides support during these times.
In a confidential, non-judgmental, and safe environment, individuals can discuss and make sense of their experiences, leading to the development of coping strategies and positive changes in thinking and behaviour.
What to Expect in Sessions
For therapy to be effective, it’s essential that it is a voluntary choice and that you are willing to work on your issues. It’s not about receiving directives or quick solutions, but rather about building a therapeutic relationship that enhances your relationship with yourself and others.
This involves a significant investment of time, money, and effort from both you and me as your therapist. Regular attendance, usually on a weekly basis, is important for effective psychotherapy. Together, we will develop a strong working relationship, set realistic goals, and support and challenge each other as needed.
This is a team effort. Working through deep-seated issues can take several months to a few years to show change, as it takes time and repetition of new experiences to make lasting changes. It’s normal to feel worse before feeling better during therapy, as it may involve facing difficult thoughts and emotions.
Despite this, therapy is a courageous investment that leads to long-term benefits.
What to Expect in Our Counselling and Psychotherapy Sessions
The first session will be a mutual assessment, where we will both assess if we are comfortable working together and if I am able to provide the necessary support.
During this session, I will provide information about the structure and agreement of therapy and collect some background information from you.
I will also ask about your reasons for seeking therapy, your concerns, and your goals. Finally, I will explain the ways in which we will work together in therapy.
Counselling sessions provide a space to discuss your thoughts, feelings, and behaviours that need attention. To get the most out of the session, it is important to be as open and honest as possible.
This is a new relationship, and it may take time to build trust. I will listen without judgment and take your concerns seriously. It is also important to go at your own pace and feel comfortable expressing any disagreements or differences of opinion.
Counselling requires courage, honesty, and a willingness to examine yourself and make changes with my support. It is also helpful to reflect on your therapy sessions and discuss those experiences with me.
If there is anything you need clarification on or don’t understand, feel free to contact me.
Please note that due to the high demand for my services and my commitment to providing quality care to my clients, I may not always have the availability to take on new clients. If I am full at this time, I apologize for any inconvenience.