Counselling & PsychotherapyI offer Counselling and Therapy in South East London, in Vauxhall or London Bridge, close to the City of London.
Counselling and Psychotherapy provide an opportunity to talk to someone in complete confidence. They cover a range of issues, with no hard line between them.
Counselling is usually short-term with a specific goal. Therapy explores issues in greater depth and requires a commitment to longer-term work.
What is unfolding in your life? For all of us there are times when we experience difficulties or problems which may be helped by counselling or therapy:
- Anxiety and depression
- Low self-esteem
- Work-related stress
- Unhappy relationships
- Sexual problems
- Sexual identity
- Feeling isolated or rejected
- Loss and bereavement.
- Coping with crisis or change
- Trauma including PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
The longer you continue, the more you will connect with patterns from the past and see how they influence you now.
Where a problem persists, therapy looks in depth at those patterns. Its emphasis is on the future rather than the past, focusing on outcomes which can be profoundly life-changing.
That's where the idea of unfolding comes in. Like the flower, we are involved in a continuous process of growth and change. Optimal mental health includes making sense of the suffering and conflict which are an inescapable aspect of human development. As we address problems and crises, previously unrecognised or distorted qualities emerge within us, which challenge our assumptions about who we are and who we may yet become.
In this sense counselling and therapy explore, not only the causes of our experiences, but also the purpose of them. This is a life-long process, as we come to a better understanding of ourselves and our relationships.
I work with both short-term counselling (6 - 12 sessions) and long-term Psychosynthesis therapy (6 months - 2 years).
Counselling or Psychotherapy?The easiest way to differentiate them is to say that Counselling tends to focus on a particular problem, perhaps something that has recently changed for the worse in your life. It is more likely to be shorter-term. By remaining focussed on the main issues, we can usually begin to see a way through the difficulties.
Psychotherapy tends to be more in-depth, and longer-term, dealing with larger questions about identity, or more deep-seated problems that may have their roots in childhood. The work is likely to be more far-reaching, exploring what it means to be human in a world that can be painful, puzzling and terrifying, as well as having potential for growth, fulfilment and wonder.
What is Psychosynthesis?As explained on the "About me" page, I learned my skills at Institute for Psychosynthesis (IPF) where I graduated with diploma in 2004. Psychosynthesis is an approach to therapy that was first conceived by Robert Assagioli (1888-1974) around 1911, and developed by him over the years that followed.
Like many other therapies, Psychosynthesis takes the view that our personalities and our lives are strongly influenced by childhood events. In addition to this, we each have potential for healing and for growth. The name "psychosynthesis" comes from the idea that we can learn to know and understand the different parts of ourselves, and through this process begin the task of bringing these parts together into a new wholeness or synthesis.
What helps us in the process of growth is the greater potential that exists within each of us, a spiritual capacity, what is sometimes called the higher Self or deeper Self. As we learn to know ourselves more in all our depth and height, we expand our capacity for growth and synthesis of the parts of us that seem to us to be broken or in need of healing. Psychosynthesis uses in an integrative way tools like Imagination exercises/Visualistations and Gestalt Therapy. It's a holistic approach that includes Mind, Body and Soul.
Read more about Psychosynthesis on the following links:Psychosynthesis Professional Association www.ppassociation.org.uk
The Psychosynthesis & Education Trust www.psychosynthesis.edu
European Federation for Psychosynthesis