Professional Psychotherapists and Counsellors work within a clearly contracted, principled relationship that enables individuals to obtain assistance in exploring and resolving issues of an interpersonal or personal nature.
Counselling is a process that can provide opportunities for individuals to work towards living in a more satisfying and resourceful way.
Working through painful or difficult situations with a trained professional can increase our understanding of personal or relationship problems. It can also help to alleviate the stress and burden of a particular problem.Emotional and psychological pain — in fact all emotional learning — is held in our bodies, recorded on our vast, interrelated neural networks. This is why, when we’re scared, anxious, or angry, we have physical reactions like muscle tension, stomach churning, shortness of breath, head pounding, and aching backs. Both negative and positive emotions are corporal; we experience them in our bodies.
When we have problems in our deep limbic system, they can manifest in “moodiness, irritability, clinical depression, increased negative thinking, negative perceptions of events, decreased motivation, floods of negative emotion, appetite and sleep problems, decreased or increased sexual responsiveness, or social isolation”.
Psychotherapy and counselling are some ways of repatterning our limbic systems. It can help a person to experience or re-experience emotions of pain, anger, and sadness without acting out on them and thus creating more positive emotional memories and a sense of resolution or closure.
Counselling provides a safe and supportive environment in which to explore the feelings and emotions you have about your past and present life experiences.
Although Psychotherapy and Counselling overlap considerably there are also some differences. The work with clients may be of considerable depth in both modalities; however, the focus of Counselling is more likely to be on specific problems or changes in life adjustment. Psychotherapy is more concerned with the restructuring of the personality or self.