About Counselling & Therapy
Human beings have a tendency to repeat patterns of behaviour, and even when they would like to change they often find themselves unable to do so. Psychotherapy is widely recognised as an effective way of dealing with personal problems that stem from unhealthy behaviour patterns; understanding them, addressing them and moving on.
The therapeutic relationship is different from other relationships. It is limited to the counselling session and the confidential counselling space, so it can provide a safe environment in which to investigate past and present feelings and relationships. Exploring your concerns can often help you understand your strengths and build on them to support the changes you want to make.
At first it can be difficult to think or talk about feelings – you may feel embarrassed or ashamed – but with the guidance of a counsellor it becomes easier. Rather than give advice, the aim of psychotherapy is to help you think about choices and options that you may not have considered before. By understanding more about yourself, and by developing a greater self-awareness, the aim is to find different ways of thinking about and dealing with painful situations or feelings.