The difference between counselling and psychotherapy has been described like this;
Counselling works with one room in the house whereas psychotherapy works with the entire house, including the foundation and previous land history!
Thus, when issues cannot be resolved within a few months, clients are welcome to continue working with me into a framework that is psychotherapy.
Thus, in addition to working with the 'one room', psychotherapy is better suited to working with a client's history, traumatic event(s) and also traumatic relationships. Trauma when left unprocessed means to be traumatised, i.e. stuck. This 'stuckness' can show up later in life in many forms, such as anxiety, depression, repetitive problematic behaviours or other diagnostic terms such as disordered eating, personality disorders etc. This is also why psychotherapy takes place over a longer period of time; even years.
I prefer to call 'disorders', 'adaptations' because my experience in working with trauma has informed me that people adapt to living with trauma, rather than suggesting that people become broken as a result of their trauma. It is important that clients get to take time to establish a trusting and safe relationship with their psychotherapist, so that they can unlearn a traumatised way of living, and replace this with healthy ways.
Examples of what clients bring to psychotherapy includes but is not limited to:
If you are interested and would like support with finding out which service is best suited to you, please get in touch.