Are You Considering Therapy?
Are You Considering Therapy?
If you have felt sad, worried, stressed or are unable to enjoy life fully you may not recognise that the way you feel is a treatable condition. If you’re like most people you will be surprised to learn that you may have symptoms of depression, anxiety, panic or another condition that can be effectively treated.
If you often suffer from sadness or can’t seem to enjoy your life, you’ve probably put your flat mood or sadness down to a bad attitude – you may think – “I should be loving my life, I don’t know what’s wrong with me”.
If you are constantly worried, anxious or fearful you may again tell yourself not to be so silly or you may relate it to stress.
Whatever your emotional concern, most people think they should be able to just ‘snap out of it’ or have a better attitude.
However hundreds of studies have shown that these sort of moods and symptoms run in families and also develop as a result of certain life experiences. Long term studies also show that therapy is a safe, validated and effective treatment which is likely to significantly improve your satisfaction with life.
What is Counselling?
Counselling is a therapeutic relationship between a qualified counsellor and the client. It is both professional and intentional. In difficult circumstances, family members and friends are unable to provide an objective point of view. Counselling offers this objective perspective, thus enabling the client to gain insights and stratigies to assist in managing their particular situation.
What is Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is a collaborative treatment based on the relationship between an individual and a Psychotherapist. Grounded in dialogue, it provides a supportive environment that allows you to talk openly with someone who’s objective, neutral and non- judgemental. You and your therapist will work together to identify and change the thought and behaviour patterns that are keeping you from feeling your best.
Frequently Asked Questions About Counselling and Psychotherapy
What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?
Counselling usually refers to a brief treatment that centers around behaviour patterns while psychotherapy focuses on working with clients for a longer-term and draws from insight into emotional problems and difficulties.
Do I need a Dr's Referral to see a Counsellor/Psychotherapist?
You do not need a referral to access our counselling service.
How often do i need to come to therpay?
There is no minimum or fixed number of sessions that you need to attend. Your counsellor or psychotherapist will make a treatment plan with you and will review this after the first assessment session.
Short treatments often range from 4-12 sessions. Longer term treatment can also help for more complex or longer standing issues.
Most clients attend weekly or fortnightly, and will often drop down to monthly sessions when they feel they are ready.
How many sessions do i need to attend for marriage counselling?
On average couples attend between 4-12 sessions.
Can we see a couples counsellor if we are not married?
Yes of course. Couples counselling is for all sorts of couples, including defacto couples, couples living apart, lesbian and transgender couples, parent/child, siblings, friends or work colleagues.
Couples counselling works to improve your relationship, regardless of the nature of that relationship. Besides, counselling can also benefit non-romantic couples who are in conflict.
Will couples counselling save my relationship or marriage?
Couples counselling will help you and your partner develop better communication skills and rekindle lost intimacy. However, couples counselling does not necessarily ‘save’ your relationship.
Sometimes couples counselling helps couples to realise that they should not be together, in which case it can greatly aid the process of separation.
My partner doesn't want couples counselling though I do, what are my options?
There are no certain tips to encouraging your partner to come to counselling with you. Often, individual persons within a relationship will benefit hugely from seeing a counsellor on their own. You can still talk through your own relationship issues, and learn skills to enhance your communication and intimacy when you are back with your partner.
Sometimes people just need support from a professional and we encourage you to give counselling a go even if your partner won’t come with you.