What is therapy
Counsellors and psychotherapists help people to talk about their feelings, think about their choices or their behaviour, and make positive changes in their lives.
Why do people have therapy?
People seek counselling to help them resolve emotional, psychological and relationship issues. They may be experiencing difficult and distressing events in their lives, such as bereavement, divorce, health issues or job concerns. Or they may have more general underlying feelings of anxiety or dissatisfaction with life.
Some clients feel isolated and have no one else to talk to, but even people with supportive family and friends can find it difficult to talk to them about feeling anxious or depressed. Or they may just find it easier to talk about personal, family or relationship issues with an independent and professional therapist.
What happens in therapy?
Psychotherapy involves a series of formal sessions where the therapist and the client talk about the client’s issues and feelings. There is no set number of sessions, the decision of how long or how many sessions people want is discussed and agreed upon. Often people just agree an open ended arrangement and come until they feel ready to stop. The sessions take place at a regular, agreed time and in a ‘safe’ private place where the client and therapist will not be overheard or interrupted.
Therapy may involve talking about life events, feelings, emotions, relationships, ways of thinking and patterns of behaviour. The therapist will listen, encourage and empathise, but will also challenge to help the client to see their issues more clearly or in a different way.
Counselling is not about giving advice or opinions, nor is it a friendly chat with a friend. The therapist helps the client to understand themselves better and find their own solutions to resolve or cope with their situation.