Psychotherapy can help you to gain a different perspective on your problems, supporting you to find and develop the resources, resilience and skills that can give you a chance to make things better for yourself and those around you. I believe that the problems that beset us in life, although sometimes overwhelming or even debilitating, also offer us the opportunity to grow, to learn and to make better choices in our lives. More than this, therapy can be incredibly interesting – and even (dare I say it?) enjoyable.
Success in counselling is often underpinned by the relationship between you and your therapist, and your ability to agree together to look at yourself and your life problems with honesty, compassion and courage. That can mean recognising your weaknesses and vulnerability as well as finding your strengths and resilience. This is a challenging undertaking and sometimes we can’t do it all on our own; acknowledging this fact is in itself an important step to moving forward.
People sometimes ask: What the difference is between a counsellor and a psychotherapist? This is actually a question that is not even settled within the profession and people choose to call themselves counsellors or therapists for a variety of reasons. Personally, I think of the terms as more or less interchangeable and am happy to be regarded as either.