What is Therapy?

Counselling & psychotherapy is an opportunity for individuals to reflect on certain life events as well as exploring their thoughts & feelings in a supported and safe environment. It gives people a chance to re-connect with themselves, this process can be both powerful and invaluable if you are committed to the journey.

Psychotherapy vs. Counselling

These words are sometimes used interchangeably, but the practical difference is that counselling tends to be focused on a specific issue or problem and tends to be short-term, while psychotherapy explores deeper, sometimes unconscious issues and is usually longer-term work.

Why Come to Therapy?

We will constantly be faced with different challenges in our lives whether it is in our career, relationships or something as life changing as having a new baby or dealing with the loss of a loved one. There may also be times when we notice certain things that trigger us and we may become unsure why we feel so anxious or conflicted throughout the day.

People come to therapy for many reasons. You may be:

Dealing with a specific difficult or painful life event
Feeling depressed, anxious or overwhelmed
Bereaved- dealing with loss & grief
Feeling conflicted & confused over a certain situation
Having problems in relationships
Feeling that something is missing in your life but not knowing what
Feeling unwell, in pain or disconnected from your body
Struggling with the effects of abuse or trauma
Dealing with eating disorders
Struggling with an addiction
Finding it difficult adjusting to a new baby and parenthood
Wanting to change old habits & thinking patterns
Wanting more balance and clarity in your life

Friends and family can be a great support, but sometimes we need to talk to someone who is not involved in our daily lives. A therapist/counsellor can help you look at any of these issues together in a safe, confidential space where you can feel free to explore all your feelings with the help of an objective, experienced professional.

How Does Therapy Work?

Patients often come to psychotherapy with explanations for their difficulties that leave them feeling that the distress will continue indefinitely. Every treatment provides an explanation for the distress that is adaptive — that is, the patient understands that he or she can do something to improve his or her situation. This leads the patient into healthy actions in that the psychotherapy improves some aspect of their lives, whether it is thinking more positive thoughts, creating better relationships, more appropriately expressing emotions, or enacting other positive changes. The critical aspect is not which treatment a person receives but rather that the patient believes this particular treatment is effective and works collaboratively with the therapist.

For example, there are hundreds of studies that show that a purposeful collaborative relationship between a therapist and the patient – what we call the therapeutic alliance – is related to therapeutic progress. This relationship holds for all types of therapy. The therapeutic alliance is critical even in medication treatments for mental disorders. The most important aspect of effective therapy is that the patient and the therapist work together to help the patient reach their goals in therapy.

How many Session do I need to Attend?

Treatment length depends on the problems or disorder, patient goals, patient history and characteristics, events occurring outside of therapy (e.g., divorce, change in employment status), and therapeutic progress. Evidence indicates that therapy typically is terminated when the patient is functioning adequately. Commonly, psychotherapy lasts six to 12 sessions, with more complex difficulties benefiting from longer treatment.

Choosing the Right Therapist

One key factor to acknowledge during your therapeutic journey is to make sure you choose the right therapist for you!
This process is a deeply personal experience and it is important for you to feel both connected and comfortable with your therapist of choice. Making the time to find a therapist who is right for you will make all the difference in your journey.
At Self Care Counselling, we value your feelings and are there to support you in making decisions that are most beneficial to you. Therefore we are providing a reduced rate for your first consultation, so you can meet your therapist and ask any questions you may have regarding the therapeutic process. This gives you the opportunity to determine how you feel during your session, which will then enable you to make the right decision.

Make an appointment and call now for your Discounted Consultation on 1800 (SELF CARE)