How can counselling and psychotherapy help you?
Why have you decided to seek counselling or psychotherapy? Are you struggling in some way and looking for support? Or does life feel like a labyrinth, a maze in which you’re lost? Do you find yourself in the same place time and again, as if you’re going round in circles? Would you say you have low self-esteem? Or are you experiencing what’s commonly called anxiety or depression? Are you aware of patterns of behaviour and relating that no longer serve you well, yet you’re not sure how to do things differently? Or are you experiencing a time of crisis, change or transition, and would like to find ways to manage this?
Experience | Experiment | Learn | Grow
Counselling and psychotherapy – therapy for short – offers you an opportunity to share and explore your deepest self. If we work together, you and I form a particular, professional relationship to enable you to experience yourself with greater awareness. We can identify and work with your embodied patterns, roles and identities, and how these play out in your relationships with yourself and others. In our relationship you can practise new ways of responding to yourself and others. By doing this you can learn more satisfying ways of living your life.
I believe therapy is fundamentally about supporting us to grow. Growth is an ongoing, evolutionary process – in therapy we can learn what enables us to grow, and what gets in the way. In this we can become more self-referenced; more responsible for, more loving and compassionate towards ourselves, whatever is happening in our lives at the time. For me, a key benefit and goal of therapy is learning the art of self-management and self-regulation. We do this through experiencing and experimenting with how we use ourselves and how we form both familiar and new attitudes and behaviour. In doing this we can learn how to become more resilient, responsive, and confident; more able to manage whatever happens in our life.
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
Ralph Waldo Emerson