"Counselling and psychotherapy are umbrella terms that cover a range of talking therapies. They are delivered by trained practitioners who work with people over a short or long term to help them bring about effective change or enhance their wellbeing." (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists)
"I was a hidden treasure that longed to be known."
What is counselling?
Sometimes life can feel like an uphill struggle, feelings of being stuck in a rut, a sense of meaninglessness, difficulty coping with loss and change, feeling disconnected, anxiety about the future, anger and resentment of the past...the list can go on and on and is as individual as you are.
While some clients come with diagnosed conditions and disorders the majority of issues that people bring to therapy at The Owl Practice revolve around purpose, meaning, authenticity, living a rich and fulfilling emotional life, turning insight into action, moving from one stage of life to another and navigating relationships. These are the issues and challenges that are common to those leading a reflective life, asking questions and traveling a path of restoration and transformation.
Counselling aims to help you deal with and overcome issues that are causing pain or making you feel uncomfortable, we provide a safe, confidential and regular space for you to talk and explore difficult feelings.
Counselling is a commitment and can often involve talking about difficult or painful feelings, things often feeling worse before they get better. It may not feel like it at the start but I believe that making that commitment is a real act of bravery and strength that you can build on. With the help and support of your therapist you can start to feel better, have different perspectives, understandings and feelings about yourself and your life, the key being awareness.
In a lot of cases, it can take a number of sessions before counselling starts to make a difference but you might like to start wondering what differences it might make for you right now...
What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?
This is a question that many have struggled to answer (me included) and can be confusing. In the UK as the qualifications and professionality required by counsellors has increased over the years the differences between the two have narrowed to the point where in 2011 the government dropped legislation plans for the profession, in the main because they could not come up with a clear definition of the difference between counselling and psychotherapy.
Although inevitably much of the work of counselling and psychotherapy covers the same elements of what is happening in a persons life, as a generalisation it could be said that those seeking psychotherapy anticipate working longer term and addressing deeper issues, or the same issues to a deeper level.
Working relationally the therapist and client explore different areas of an individuals life working with whatever comes up for the client. The therapist is there to listen and help a client understand what is going on for them potentially looking to work through, resolve and integrate any childhood issues, past or current traumas and/ or spiritual situations/ emergencies in a safe and honouring environment.
In working through past issues and their effects on our present and potential future, integration can occur, meaning can be found and a clearer sense of purpose aroused.
The origins of the word psychotherapist can be translated as "assistant to the soul", which I rather like, but appreciate is not in line with everyone's belief system. The goal (if that is the right word) of psychotherapy is to come to a place of awareness, leading to a more authentic and meaningful way of living in the world.