Talking therapies is a generic term for counselling, psychotherapy and coaching. There is evidence to suggest that talking to a professional therapist can be beneficial in supporting psychological wellbeing. Mental health should be as much of a priority as physical health, but we often neglect to take the time to look after ourselves psychologically.
If you have never experienced therapy before the terms counselling and psychotherapy can be very confusing. In essence, counselling deals with an immediate concern, and can involve things like learning new ways to cope with symptoms often associated with stress, anxiety or depression. This usually involves a relatively short term commitment, usually of 6-8 weeks in the first instance to get to know a therapist and work together to find ways to help you manage whatever is concerning you.
Some clients find that this can make them curious to find out how they became to be the person they are, and often start to express a wish to feel a more secure sense of psychological wellbeing. This would lead on to incorporate more of a psychotherapy process, which would start to focus on past experiences where appropriate, while still addressing issues that come up in day to day life. There is however no 'one size fits all' model of therapy, and the client is always in control of what they choose to work through, with their therapist's support and guidance. Therapy can come to an end at any point, although it is always advisable to work with your therapist to decide together when to finish.
Here is a list of some of the reasons people decide to come to therapy:
Symptoms associated with anxiety and/or depression
Life transitions -such as a change in employment, relocating, changes in family structures
Work related stress
Low self esteem
Wanting to find more meaning and purpose in life
If you would like to find out more about what is involved if you decide to explore talking therapy, please contact us and we can email you a short Therapy Information Leaflet. If you would like to have a conversation with a therapist we suggest making an appointment for an initial 20 minute telephone consultation, for which there is no charge*. This is an opportunity for you to talk with a therapist to decide if you would like to work together. *Our current fee for a 50 minute consultation is £50.