Psychotherapy & Counselling

Psychotherapy & Counselling

What Is Psychotherapy and Counselling?

“Psychotherapy is time set aside by you and the therapist to look at what has brought you to therapy. This might include talking about life events (past and present), feelings, emotions, relationships, ways of thinking and patterns of behaviour. The therapist will do their best to help you to look at your issues, and to identify the right course of action for you, either to help you resolve your difficulties or help you find ways of coping. Talking about these things may take time, and will not necessarily all be included in one session” *

“A therapy session is a time set aside on an agreed date at an agreed place, which provides a ‘safe’ space, which is private, undisturbed, and cannot be overheard or interrupted. The counsellor will reach an agreement with you about confidentiality” *

“Psychotherapy is conducted with individuals, groups, couples and families. Psychotherapists help people to overcome stress, emotional and relationship problems or troublesome habits.” **

From our practitioner Carmel Shealy…

Often, we are uncertain about why we are feeling the way we are feeling. Although therapy doesn’t promise to give us certainty, or cure all our worries and concerns, what it does provide is a confidential, non-judgmental space in which we can talk about the things that may have been too difficult or uncomfortable to talk to anyone about before.

Clients often have a unique story to tell. Therapy can often be a useful place to do this, as it provides the right conditions for a shared exploration to take place. When we get the opportunity to tell our story, we can often get a much clearer sense of our own position, which can allow for something else to come into view, or another position to emerge.  

I work with people who usually are in distress or something in their current life has become too difficult to deal with on their own. Sometimes this can happen if there is ongoing or unresolved trauma or they are trying to cope with complex grief following a significant loss in their lives.

My own personal experience of therapy has shown me how the therapeutic relationship can help with individual healing. I see personal struggles as necessary complications of living for us to adapt to, or come to terms with, rather than problems to be fixed.

I am able to provide a confidential, non-judgmental space to work through issues that might be causing an individual to suffer from anxiety and depression, or maybe struggle to find meaning in their lives.

The integrative approach allows me to work in a collaborative way with my clients. What this means in real terms is that we do the work together. Exploring and making sense of the past can often be useful in making sense of our lived experience in the present.

Such a collaborative process of reflection allows us to re-visit significant, often painful, life experiences, so that we can work through them and create the possibility to tolerate intense emotional experiences which may have been too painful to acknowledge before.

Contact me via Willows….

If you are unsure about therapy or whether I am the right therapist for you, please get in touch so that we can discuss what brings you to therapy, my approach and I can answer any questions you may have.

All of these methods are private and your personal information is not accessible by anyone other than myself.

Call Willows on 020-8523-2669 or leave a message…

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* Reproduced from the BACP C2 information sheet
** Definition courtesy of the NHS