What is the difference between Psychotherapy & Counselling?
This is the most commonly asked question.
Psychotherapy and Counselling are both therapies to help you understand and deal with difficult or problematic thoughts and emotions.
Counselling is usually short term and helps to resolve contaminated thinking, looking to build upon a person’s existing resources.
Psychotherapy works at a deeper level to de-confuse the unconscious mind, helping us to make new sense of old experiences and change past decisions which are having a negative effect on the present.
In terms of professional training a Psychotherapist will usually engage in four years of professional training and a Counsellor, usually two.
How long will I be in Therapy for?
This will depend on what you are looking to work on and can be part of our discussion during the initial consultation.
Who do you work with?
I work with Individuals, Couples, Adolescents, Children and Families from all walks of life.
How do you work?
You are unique and your experiences are individual only to you. There is no one answer, one school of thought or one theory that can help everyone. The underpinning of my training is Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy. I also draw on a variety of other therapeutic approaches including Gestalt, Person Centered and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy depending on your needs as an individual.
The underpinning of my training is Transactional Analysis (TA), an internationally recognised form of modern psychology and theory of personality.
The Philosophy of TA is;
People are OK
This means that you and I both have worth, value and dignity as people. I accept myself as me and I accept you as you. I am not one-up to you, and you are not one-up to me. We are on the same level as people. This is true even though our accomplishments may differ. It is true even though we may be of different race, age or religion.
Everyone has the capacity to think
Everyone except the severely brain-damaged has the capacity to think. Therefore it is the responsibility of each of us to decide what he or she wants from life. Each individual will ultimately live with the consequences of what he or she decides.
TA is a Decisional model
We achieve change not merely by insight into our old patterns of behaviour, but by actively deciding to change those patterns. The changes we make can be real and lasting.
Contact: Juliette Willett 07876 566269