What are Counselling & Psychotherapy?
Counselling and Psychotherapy at the NIHP in Sacriston, Durham aims to help you gain insight into your difficulties or distress, establish a greater understanding of your motivation, enabling you to find more constructive ways of coping or bringing about changes in your thinking and behaviour.
Psychotherapy involves exploring feelings, beliefs, thoughts and relevant events, sometimes from childhood and personal history, in a structured way with someone trained to help you do it safely. Depending on the nature of your problem, therapy can be short or long term. Sessions can be provided for adults, adolescents and children on a one-to-one basis, or for couples, families and within groups whose members share similar problems.
Research shows that the most important factor in determining the success of counselling and psychotherapy is the quality of relationship that develops between therapist and client.
What happens during psychotherapy?
Every session at the NIHP Durham is different because every client is different, as are their problems. Your psychotherapist will encourage you to talk and explore, in a structured way, your feelings and experiences.
Depending on their training and modality, your therapist may also suggest particular techniques as part of that exploration – for example, using art, imaging, dream or movement work. Whatever the technique or clinical approach, psychotherapy is not a magical cure, it is a process to help you find the capacity for improvement within yourself.
What is the difference between counselling & psychotherapy?
Different people use the words counselling and psychotherapy in different ways, so there is no commonly agreed definition. There is a general understanding that a psychotherapist can work with a wider range of clients or patients and can offer more in-depth and longer term work where appropriate. It is generally accepted that counsellors provide shorter-term therapy.
All of our counsellors and psychotherapists are experienced in providing both short-term and long-term therapy.
Can counselling and psychotherapy help you?
If the list below does not sound like you, this does not mean we cannot help you. These are just a few of the common reasons why people seek counselling and psychotherapy.
Counselling and psychotherapy has helped many of our clients deal with mental or emotional distress, which can be experienced in many ways, including:
- Anxiety or an inability to cope or concentrate
- Inability to deal with stress or recover from stressful situations
- Lack of confidence or excessive shyness
- Feelings of depression, sadness, grief or emptiness
- Extreme mood swings
- Difficulty making or sustaining relationships, or repeatedly becoming involved in unsatisfying or destructive relationships
- Sexual problems
- Difficulties in coming to terms with loss such as bereavement, divorce or loss of employment
- Eating disorders
- Self harm
- Obsessive behaviour
- Panic attacks and phobia
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