What is psychotherapy and counselling?

The terms Counselling, Psychotherapy and Therapy are used interchangeably.

Therapy is a contractual arrangement by which a practitioner meets a client, in privacy and confidence, to explore issues the client is experiencing. These issues can range from a general sense of dissatisfaction to high levels of distress. Therapy offers a safe, confidential place to talk with someone who is trained in listening attentively and helping you improve things. It is an opportunity to talk about your life and anything that may be confusing, painful or uncomfortable.

The process of therapy is of self discovery; your practitioner is guided by the information you share in your sessions and, through their training and experience, help you autonomously gain insights into the difficulties you are experiencing. Utilising the services of a skilled, impartial, non- judgmental professional can help you find new ways of communicating and resolving difficulties you had not previously considered.

People seek therapy for a variety of reasons from bereavements, depression and anxiety, to managing difficult changes and transitions, to addressing life long patterns of behaviour. Therapy can be a short term commitment of 6-8 weeks or be open ended. It can be in the form of individual, couples, group or family therapy.

Taking the first step in searching for a therapist is often the most difficult. If you are uncertain which therapist or therapy will best suit your needs then please contact [email protected]

Types of therapeutic approaches …

At HQ we offer a range of different therapies.

Core Process Psychotherapy

 Core process psychotherapy is a mindfulness-based approach to therapy and emphasizes a deep, ongoing awareness of one’s body and mental processes for self-exploration and healing. Therapy is often viewed as a joint undertaking in which the therapist accompanies the individual on a journey through the different levels of his or her patterns of behaviour. The therapist helps the individual bring attention to their experience in the moment. Through this contemplative self-awareness, individuals may discover the roots of their problems and how these manifest in their lives, so achieving a sense of freedom in simply being who they are. As they process this information in the present, they will hopefully begin to let go of old habits and approach life with greater creativity and flexibility.

Core Process is offered at HQ by Graeme Jardin

Choosing a therapist…

There are many different forms of therapy. Searching through them can be overwhelming.

Research shows the most significant element of effective therapy is the client/therapist relationship so choosing someone you feel comfortable with and who you can form a trusting relationship is the best place to start.

Often therapists offer an introductory session. This is an opportunity for both therapist and client to decide if they would like to work together. If you are not sure about the first therapist you see, it is better to arrange to see another. You may want to speak on the phone or arrange initial appointments with several therapists to help you decide.

If you would like help choosing at therapist click here

Reasons people seek therapy

Major life events

A divorce or break-up, a financial crisis, serious health issues or an accident, dealing with mid-life crisis, or ageing concerns.

Depression

Struggling to get out of bed, feeling like your life has no meaning, feeling that the things that used to bring you joy now seem insignificant, feeling suicidal.

Anxiety

Feeling nervous or panicky, fears or phobias, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Anger

Ranging from feelings of irritation to rage; experienced as unmanageable because its uncontrollable, confusing, pervading, ever present, explosive.

Blended family issues

The challenges of step children, sibling rivalry, custody battles, and financial concerns.

Parenting Issues

Bullying or other problems at school, anti-social behaviour, excessive screen time, setting boundaries, communicating effectively, discipline. Issues with our children are upsetting for parents and children alike.

Addictions

Common addictions include smoking, gambling, alcohol, drugs, sex and love. Addiction can include anything with which we have a formed a compulsive habit.

Bereavement

The loss of a spouse, child or other family member, a friend, or pet. Major life changes can also cause feelings of grief for example moving or a changing jobs.

Eating Disorders

Anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder. Food can be used as a way to cope with stress or to feel in control.

Low self esteem

Poor self image and lack of assertiveness generating feelings of sadness, guilt, shame, frustration or anger.

Trauma

A deeply distressing or disturbing event. This can be one-off occurrence or a series of several experiences, small or large,  that have overwhelmed a persons ability to cope.