What is counselling and psychotherapy?
Counselling and psychotherapy fall under the broad, simple definition of ‘talk therapy’, that is, speaking about your troubles to a trained, professional person in a supportive and positive environment.
If you feel you are suffering from an ailment such as depression, anxiety, trauma, addiction, insomnia etc, or even if you just feel the need to talk to someone about your life, relationships, troubles or anything else, seeing a counsellor can really help. Having an impartial, empathic and non-judgmental ear to listen to your issues can be one of the best things you can do.
Many people find talking through their concerns very therapeutic. The role of a counsellor or psychotherapist is to support you to explore and make sense of your troubling experiences. Thereby helping you to resolve your problems and ease your distress.
Simply defined, psychotherapy is the treatment of psychiatric conditions through psychological means as opposed to through medication.
Marriage counselling, also known as ‘couples therapy’ or ‘relationship counselling’, is a form of psychotherapy, whereby couples of all types resolve issues and conflicts within their relationship through open and honest communication before a professional, non-biased third party, so as to help them move forward with their relationship.
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Benefits of psychotherapy and counselling
Talk therapy can assist you to deal with the mental and emotional issues you face.
In our sessions, we’ll explore the moods, issues, problems and challenges you face. We’ll move towards overcoming pain from your past, gain new perspectives on life, work and relationships and gain new strategies to help you cope with life and improve your self-worth.
The benefits of counselling and psychotherapy include:
- See your thoughts from a fresh perspective
- Release stress and tension
- Confront feelings in a safe environment
- Develop self-awareness
- Benefit from a neutral party
- Have support with your problems
- Develop coping strategies
- Improve your mental wellbeing
Psychotherapy or counselling?
Whilst both certainly exist under the ‘talk therapy’ banner, allowing patients to openly discuss their issues with a non-biased professional person, psychotherapy tends to cut slightly deeper than counselling, delving more into the person’s past and the behavioural patterns that affect them on a day to day basis.
Psychotherapy can tend to be more of a long-term situation as well, sometimes lasting several years.
While counselling may provide support and solutions to more short-term challenges.
My Step-by-Step process
In our initial session I will deeply listen and attend to your full life story.
I’ll ask you about your life passions, the things you feel are challenging your well-being, and your medical history.
From here I’ll help you to start healing and feel at peace with yourself.
In counselling and psychotherapy sessions, I help you resolve your problems and any past traumas by focusing on a proven 6 step process.
Step 1: Develop Safety and Trust
We will first work to ensure that you feel safe in your relationship with me. I will do whatever I can to help you feel comfortable and to meet your needs. I will be accepting of you and whatever issues you want to discuss with me.
Building a trusting relationship with me will help you feel more safe, secure and confident within yourself and with others.
Step 2: Discover How to Calm and Soothe Yourself
When you have had long-standing problems such as depression, anxiety, and troubled relationships, your emotions are often on high alert and can feel out of control.
In therapy, we will work to help you relax your mind and your body so that you feel calmer and more at peace. This will make it easier to live your life feeling more comfortable and in control
Step 3: Feeling More at Ease in Your Relationships
As you progress in therapy, you will increase your understanding of how your relationships with others have been impacted by the stressful events in your life.
You will develop a stronger sense of yourself in your relationships, set better boundaries, and become clear on what you need and want from them
Step 4: Increasing Self-Awareness
As your self-awareness of your problems and the role trauma has played in your life increase, you will be able to respond to your life and others in a more positive way.
You will no longer feel like a victim to your emotions and behaviors. You will feel good about the choices you make and your approach to life.
Step 5: Helping You Improve Your Mood
As you heal in therapy, you will begin to experience more joy and pleasure. You will unearth your creativity and experience a greater sense of competence and mastery.
Step 6: Integrating Your Learning into Your Life
You will feel stronger in yourself and feel more whole. Problems and distressing events from the past will no longer have a “hold” on you.
You will have a sense of being free and alive.
Why Choose Me?
- I work with you from a framework of compassion and collaboration to help you solve your problems.
- I help you manage strong emotions, as well as change your thinking and behaviours so that your life improves.
- I support you towards being more loving and caring towards yourself, increasing your self-confidence, having better relationships and feeling good about your life.
- I commit to working with you until you heal. My core philosophy is that there is always hope for you to feel better about your life.
- I will listen to you and accept you, regardless of the problems you bring to therapy.
- I provide comprehensive mental health assessment and accurate testing diagnosis.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Absolutely. There is a wealth of scientific evidence and studies that prove the effectiveness of psychotherapy in helping people cope with stress, anxiety, marital problems and other such issues. Plus there has been plenty of anecdotal evidence from myriad patients who have reported highly positive results from using this type of therapy. While there are certainly no guarantees, it is absolutely worth giving it a try to see if it works for you.
Many people from across the globe over many years have been assisted with, and even cured of, all manner of psychiatric afflictions by speaking regularly with a professional counsellor about their concerns. It is a widely accepted way for people to deal with depression, anxiety, stress, drug and alcohol problems, marital and relationship problems, trauma and others, and should be viewed as a first line against such issues before medications are prescribed.
Counselling and psychotherapy are an ideal way to check in on your mental health whether you feel as though your life is spiralling out of control or not.
Our sessions can help you find clarity on issues that you are struggling to deal with, change negative patterns of thinking, or embark on a process of self-development. Counselling and psychotherapy can help you find the balance you’re seeking in life.
Wendy Corliss of the Living Consciously Clinic can be contacted at:
Address: Suite 1, 1 Redman Rd Dee Why, 2099
Phone: 02 9972 0071