processes of psychotherapy
processes of counselling and psychotherapy overlap but counselling
usually focuses on a particular current issue. This can be
very useful in the short term e.g. coping with bereavement,
stress at work, exploring choices.
difficulties, life events, the need to make decisions will
always occur and it is useful to have knowledge of how we
consciously and unconsciously approach these. Psychotherapy
provides this knowledge in a broader exploration than counselling.
In discussion with the therapist a client becomes more aware
of his or her own attitudes and behaviour. The relationship
between client and therapist can then become a tool with which
to consider how the client feels towards other people and
events in their life. This exploration will provide further
tools and strategies for the future.
person has patterns of behaviour which were learnt earlier
in their life. These were useful then but may now be out of
date having become an automatic response. In looking at these
together we can recognise what they are and how they are produced.
Would it be beneficial to change them? I encourage the client
to become very aware of themselves and how they act in different
knowledge and awareness of attitudes are not enough to effect
a change. They are the tools with which to do this. I encourage
the client to try out different behaviours and to note the
effect. This is often very difficult as the old ways are so
ingrained. A person can reassess an attitude or behaviour
and choose to act in a different way. If this results in a
different experience it can encourage them to believe that
things could be different. The process is hard work and takes
time but every positive experience has an affirming effect
and the person may come to believe that it is possible to
make changes. I think that my role is to be available to give
support and encouragement in this process.
people may be helped by the development of their communication
skills and by becoming more specific and exact in their language.
may need the support of a therapist while they explore their
own feelings of grief e.g. grief, anxiety, anger. Others may
want to make changes in their life.
is really exciting to work with individuals in this way. For
most people it is a novel idea that they could celebrate themselves
as a unique person. I find that it is often possible for them
to make changes and these bring rewarding results.