Counselling and Psychotherapy

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What is Counselling and Psychotherapy

Counselling

Counselling offers a place where you can talk to a therapist in a safe, friendly and confidential environment about your concerns, struggles, suffering or experiences. Counselling offers a non-judgemental space where understanding is developed and self discovery provides insight and awareness to support you to live a balanced and fulfilling life. General Counselling typically deals with issues that are short term.

Counseling is a process that includes getting to know you, your situation and the issues you are experiencing. It is often like an educational experience where you can learn more about yourself and acquire new skills. Counseling may involve learning more about a particular condition (e.g., depression, anxiety, bi polar disorder) if you or a person you know might be experiencing symptoms of the condition, to better understand the condition and treatment options. Treatment may become part of your counselling sessions.

Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy is usually more intensive and can be ongoing to support you longer term with more complex issues such as trauma.

A referral will be made if our counsellor thinks you need the support of another professional such as a psychologist or doctor and may continue to see you while you also see other therapists.

Note a counsellor & psychotherapist is not always a psychologist. For more information on the differences between these therapists you can read more here.

Our therapists approach

Natalee provides an evidence based approach that is trauma informed and helps you get to the root of your issues quickly.

In one way or another everyone carries trauma and feels the effects of trauma in their life. It can show up as anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, communication issues, low self-esteem, shame, over or under eating, addiction, confusion, negative thinking, social anxiety, anger, brain fog, memory loss and more.

What we call micro and macro traumas can leave us feeling trapped in cycles of dysfunctional behaviours, negative beliefs and thoughts and feelings that are difficult to navigate. Many people are unaware they are stuck in patterns that cause them to react and behave from past painful traumas, some big some almost impossible to know that they are actual traumas. Society has used the word trauma to mean extreme experiences like war and violent attacks however the word trauma means “wound” so trauma can mean big or little wounds that cause patterns of behaviour that are dysfunctional and cause challenges in our lives. Most people avoid pain, this is human nature, however to live a fulfilling happy life we need to move or lean toward the pain and process it in a way that helps us resolve it.

Counselling and Psychotherapy Can Help With

Mental health issues, relationships, past experiences, career and personal concerns. Counselling can teach you interpersonal and developmental skills and provide information to understand yourself and situations better.

Counselling can help:

Improved communication and interpersonal skills

Build better relationships

Support you in repairing or preventing relationship breakdown

Greater self-acceptance and self-esteem

Ability to change self-defeating behaviors/habits

Better expression and management of emotions, including anger

Relief from depression, anxiety or other mental health conditions

Increased confidence and decision-making skills

Ability to manage stress effectively

Improved problem-solving and conflict resolution abilities

Greater sense of self and purpose

Recognition of distorted thinking

Natalee Cooper Counsellor

For more information about our counsellor Natalee and her qualifications and how she can support you please see her information here

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