Joy Wood BA(hons) PGCE MBACP MHS(Acc) MCS(Acc)
John Sackett MBACP MHS(Acc) MCS(Acc)
Counselling vs Psychotherapy.
There is much discussion and confusion regarding the differences between counselling and psychotherapy, so let us start by saying that at Swans Therapy we do not make much of a distinction. The two are very closely linked and follow very similar patterns and models of treatment, and while it is generally considered that psychotherapy deals with deeper issues than counselling, this is not always the case. At Swans Therapy we regard every client as a unique individual and adapt our course of treatment according to your specific needs rather than sticking to any set formula.
We also integrate hypnotherapy into the treatment where we feel it is appropriate and will be of specific benefit to you, the client. However this will always be fully explained and agreed before this treatment is included. We have found through experience that hypnotherapy is very useful to quickly resolve certain issues that may otherwise be blocking progress, and regression work can often unearth relevant memories, long forgotten, deep within the subconscious mind which throw new light on current problems.
Grief and Loss.
Bereavement counselling can be of enormous value in
coming to terms with the death of a loved one. It takes an avererage of two years to fully recover from such a trauma and can affect us in many different ways, both emotionally and physically, but there are also many other forms of loss which can have a devastating effect on our lives. The loss of our home or job, the loss of a loved one through breakdown of a relationship, any significant loss that will have a detrimental effect on our normal lives can cause stress with all of it's inherent problems.
Talking things through and addressing your emotions can be very helpful and an experienced counsellor can give gentle guidance and bring understanding, helping you to come to terms with the loss and reach a stage of acceptance and resolution.
Relationship Counselling and Coaching.
Many of us, at some time or another, feel that our relationships are not as strong, or as productive as we would like them to be, and this can equally be applied to personal, family, work or social relationships. When a problem arises we usually look for blame, either ourselves, our partner or maybe an outside influence, we may become either withdrawn or aggresive, neither of which help the situation and in many cases only make things worse. Unfortunately, it is not easy to resolve the situation if every conversation ends in an arguement, when what is required is honesty, compromise and a willingness to change what is wrong.
Counselling can be invaluable in resolving these problems, being encouraged to talk openly to a professional counsellor outside the relationship can bring a different perspective and empower you to attain the relationships that you want.
Relationship coaching is essentially for couples and is ideal for those who want to save a damaged relationship, or maybe just improve the one they have. It is a very direct approach involving practical tasks as well as discussion and most couples are suprised at how quickly results can be achieved.
Anger is a perfectly natural reaction to a situation that we feel uncomfortable with or unable to control, often stemming from frustration. We all have our own ways of coping with our anger, but sometimes it is allowed to build up through a series of events which can then be both mentally and physically damaging for both ourselves and others around us. Counselling can help you, not only to remain in control of that anger, but to channel it in positive ways to resolve the very issues that create it.
Stress and Anxiety.
Every one of us feels stress at some level every day and like anger it is a perfectly natural reaction to a given situation. Again, like anger, we are able to cope with small amounts of stress and it is only when it is allowed to build up without release that it becomes a problem. Understanding the causes of stress and the effects it has on us can, in itself, be a great help in reducing the stress levels (we naturally worry about things we don't understand), but through counselling you will learn to use that stress to your advantage, to help you to achieve goals, overcome challenges and enjoy success.
Many other Treatments
Counselling and psychotherapy can be used to resolve many problems and those above are just a small selection of what can be achieved. If you have a particular issue you would like to discuss, please feel free to call on 01202 303722 for a confidential chat or email email@example.com
Swans Therapy, 29A Brackendale Road, Queens Park, Bournemouth, BH8 9HY. Tel 01202 303722