Andrea Thomas MSc (Psychol), MSc (Econ), BA (hons), CTA(p), MBACP, UKCP-reg Counselling, Psychotherapy & EMDR, Poole, Dorset

About Counselling and Psychotherapy

How Counselling and Psychotherapy might help
There may be times in our lives when we feel stuck, unfullfilled or unsure of ourselves, or we may experience dissatisfaction for no particular reason. At other times we may be experiencing a particular difficulty which may seem overwhelming and unresolvable. In such situations therapy can help by offering a supportive, non-judgemental space within which to find your own answers. The aim of therapy is not to give direct advice but to facilitate insight and self awareness so that you develop the capacity to cope with the difficulties you are facing. To then identify the changes you would like to make in order to become more fullfilled, either within yourself or in certain aspects of your life.

The difference between Counselling and Psychotherapy
In general the word 'counselling' is used to describe short-term work which may take between 6 to 12 weeks where the focus is on a specific issue or problem with a view to exploring options for change. Psychotherapy is used to describe longer term work which is more in-depth with a view to exploring the underlying patterns and reasons that underpin the way we are in the world. In practice however, counselling and psychotherapy overlap and often counselling may develop into psychotherapy.

Throughout our work together, we will regularly review progress and check that we are working towards your desired goal. The time-frame of our work will depend on the issue that you are bringing and the outcome you expect. Alternatively, you may decide to work for a period of time, have a break and then return to therapy at a later stage.

For more information about counselling and psychotherapy the following websites may be of interest:

  • BACP The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • UKCP The United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy

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