What is counselling?
Counselling or psychotherapy is when a client and Counsellor, or psychotherapist, meet to explore difficulties which may include the stressful or emotional feelings of the client.
Counselling can promote the wellbeing of individuals by establishing a safe and therapeutic environment, providing the client with the space to process how certain life events have impacted them. Counselling can facilitate the process of healing and growth, allowing the client to build strength and adaptability in their lives. The process could also help the client to understand what is that is making them feel a certain way.
The counsellor-client relationship is built on trust and safety. It is the counsellor’s role to maintain a non-judgemental approach and provide a space where the client feels safe enough to share and explore their thoughts and feelings.
What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?
Generally speaking, these are two different talking therapy professions that offer different things. However, the terms can be confusing because they overlap and can be used interchangeably. It is also possible for a therapist to be both a counsellor and a psychotherapist depending upon their training.
In essence, the main theoretical distinction in that counsellors work in a more immediate way and may focus on a current issue that is affecting the client. Psychotherapists think and work at a deeper level considering how the client’s personality may be affecting their experience of relationships and relating to their world. While both can be long term if the client requires and chooses this, counselling is likely to be a briefer intervention to psychotherapy.
More information about the distinction between these different talking therapy professions can be found in our FAQs section.
Why would you seek counselling or psychotherapy?
There are a vast number of reasons why people seek counselling or psychotherapy, including: a feeling of loss of connection to others or themselves; feeling out of control; money or employment worries; relationship concerns; loss and grief and; a variety of mental health difficulties. Counselling and psychotherapy can help you manage these major life events, while providing that nurturing space for you to explore and understand the impact it has had on you more deeply. For some people, it can even be a lifestyle choice that they choose to engage in to enable them to have a reflective space to maintain their emotional health and wellbeing.
It is particularly important in these uncertain times to check in with our mental health. It could be that the pandemic has caused you to feel worried and anxious, or that you feel despondent, depressed and unmotivated, or maybe you were already struggling before the pandemic and now feel even more lost and unable to reach out for help. Perhaps your normal support network is no longer available, appointments with health care providers have been reduced or cancelled and you are feeling even more isolated and alone. Counselling and psychotherapy can provide that support in a time where support is limited.
How can I access counselling or psychotherapy through Serendipity?
At Serendipity Psychology we have tried to make counselling and psychotherapy as accessible as possible and so we offer online sessions as well as phone and face-to-face consultations. We are able to offer sessions for a number of different issues including anxiety, depression, loss, trauma and more complex mental health difficulties.
Whatever it is that has encouraged you to visit this site or to look more into counselling and psychotherapy sessions for yourself, we are here to support you and help you to overcome your current struggles.
What is different about seeking counselling and psychotherapy through Serendipity?
We only take on counsellors and psychotherapists as associates if they are trained, or training to level 5 or above and are members of a well-established professional body such as the British Association or Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) or the UK Counsel for Psychotherapy (UKCP). This is so that you can be assured that you are working with a trained and regulated professional. Many of our counsellors and psychotherapists are also supervised and supported by psychologists as well as counselling or psychotherapy supervisors which means they are able to safely offer some of the tools and techniques their training might not otherwise give them. It also means that all our therapists are informed by principles from the different talking professions which we gain from consultation with each other.
Here at Serendipity Psychology, we understand that before booking your session you may want to learn more about our Counsellors and Psychotherapists which is why each associate working with us has a detailed profile on the website which can be found linked below: