Counselling and Psychotherapy
Counsellors help with practical issues, such as how to deal with troubled times:-
relationship conflict, death of someone close, stress, grief, divorce or separation.
Above all to become aware of and understand your own emotions, and be able to
communicate constructively with important people in your life.
The aim is that you better understand how your mind works, and thus to develop skills allowing you to understand your own needs and desires.
You will then be better able to communicate effectively with others, which leads to relationships that are less stressed and more loving – the underlying promise of every couple and family.
Psychotherapists help you understand your emotional reactions and consequent behaviour and offer the choice to changing that if you decide to.
While Counselling focusses on the “How To” of change, Psychotherapy helps deal with the question “Why” do I feel / react this way?
The answer to this question is very personal, and will often be found in what happened to you as a Child, or whatever other traumatic incidents you may have experienced in your life.
This exploration often involves a genogram, which helps you visualise your family of origin, and come to understand as an Adult why some things trigger you into anger or fear, while other people have a different reaction.
The aim is that you better understand what is happening inside you,
and how you can make then choose to change for a less stressful and happier life.
How effective is Psychotherapy/Counselling?
Extensive research has shown that if you seek psychotherapy and counselling when faced with a difficult emotional or life problem that you will be better off than 80% of people who don’t seek help – and that the benefits last.
Research has also shown that, in general, the different approaches to therapy work well if there is a strong relationship between the counsellor and client – regardless of the life problems involved.
The ICCE has more information about this research International Center for Clinical Excellence
What are the differences between Psychotherapy, Counselling, Psychology and Psychiatry?
In Australia, Psychotherapists and Counsellors are not regulated by a government body such as Medicare. A psychotherapist/ counsellor may be a health professional such as a psychologist, social worker, psychiatrist or medical doctor who has undertaken further specialist training in the field. Other practitioners do not have a health profession background but may have completed appropriate training. Many psychotherapy and counselling practitioners belong to one of the professional associations such as the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) or Australian Counselling Association (ACA). This ensures an appropriate level of training and experience.
For more information, please see the Goodtherapy website.
Phone 0414 704 087 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment.
This can often be arranged within a week.
In the first session Tim will ask about what is troubling you,
what you want to get from our time together, and something about yourself.
At the end of this session, you will be able decide what you would like to do next.
All our discussions are strictly confidential, except where this is not allowed by law.