What is Counselling?
Psychodynamic counselling and psychotherapy are ‘talking’ therapies. This means they allow a person to discuss their problems and difficult feelings when they want to change something in their life or explore their thoughts and feelings in more depth. This is one of the most widely practiced and popular form of therapy as it offers the opportunity to work with many forms of communication such as facial expression, body language and spoken narrative.
As a professionally trained counselling psychotherapist, I offer a safe, confidential place where you can talk about yourself and your life, including life events, feelings, emotions, relationships and patterns of behaviour. I will offer you the opportunity to think and talk about yourself and your concerns in a way that you often cannot do with family and friends, as they may be too emotionally involved. I will listen to the way you feel and how this affects you and others with compassion and empathy. I understand that it is sometimes difficult to talk about problems and to express your feelings. I will help you to make the positive changes you would like to happen and support you in improving your well-being.
As a counselling psychotherapist, I will not judge you, make decisions for you or talk about my personal life. I will not offer you a quick fix or cure.
The format of counselling psychotherapy I offer is face-to-face where we will meet in person on a weekly basis for fifty minutes, at my private practice near Hertford. My Contact page provides further information on location and accessibility.
The British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) website provides information on What Happens in Therapy and during the initial session.
How Does Counselling Work?
My psychodynamic approach works with the unconscious and past experiences, which shape our past and present relationships and behaviours. I will encourage you to talk about the people in your life, relationships and memories, discuss unresolved issues or conflicts and explore the inter-relating dynamics of our therapeutic relationship. The aim of this process is to increase your self-awareness of how the past can influence your thoughts and repeating patterns of behaviour in the present. Through understanding differently how you relate to yourself and other people, including cultural, social and environmental influences, you can then begin to resolve the emotional conflict they cause and begin to make positive changes.
For further information, see the Counselling Directory Psychodynamic therapy webpage.
DYNAMIC INTERPERSONAL THERAPY
Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) can help with depression. It is only natural we try to avoid something that is painful. Unfortunately, this can, over a long period of time, become second nature, to the extent that we even forget why we interact with people in a certain way, for example nervously or prone to avoid. Consequently, the past continues to affect the way we feel and behave today. By gaining an understanding of these patterns, this therapy can help you understand yourself better, explore ways to behave differently and make choices to stop the repeating patterns that lead to depression. This is an intense 16 week fixed price therapy.
For further information, see the Counselling Directory Dynamic interpersonal therapy webpage.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Combined with my psychodynamic approach, this technique aims to break down overwhelming problems into smaller parts to make them easier to manage. Learning new coping skills can change the way you think and behave, and often aid in making positive changes. Cognitive behavioural therapy has been effective for helping with issues such as phobias, obsessions and eating disorders.
For further information, see the Counselling Directory Cognitive Behavioural Therapy webpage.
Solution Focused Therapy
Another technique is solution building rather than problem solving. Having increased your self-awareness and understanding of unresolved issues and conflicts, the focus shifts to identifying positive behaviours and how to achieve them based on your current resources and hopes for the future. Ultimately, to help you look forward, identify your own strengths to achieve your goals.
For further information, see the Counselling Directory Solution Focused Brief Therapy webpage.