There is an ongoing debate about whether counselling and psychotherapy are different practices. There are some therapists who believe they are intrinsically different and some who do not. At Azanimo Ltd I believe that counselling and psychotherapy are very similar and are both designed to decrease distress and improve quality of life for those who engage in them. I do believe, however, that there may be differences in focus and intensity between them, therefore, the definitions below are my ideas on how they differ and what I mean when I use these terms on this web site.
Counselling is often seen as a shorter term therapy, which may be more solution focused (though may not be) and less intense than psychotherapy. It is more likely to focus on one or two problems that are causing the client distress in the here and now rather than delve into the past too deeply.
Psychotherapy differs in that it may extend over a longer period of time. It may work with multiple issues or works at a deeper level on longer term issues.
Regardless of whether you opt for counselling or psychotherapy both can be instrumental in improving your quality of life. It may be helping you make a choice, healing an old wound, changing your behaviour, understanding something confusing or simply to grow and develop, whatever your need therapy is there to offer support and direction.
People often wonder, how long therapy will take and how much time they will need to commit to the process? These questions are difficult to quantify as we are all individuals and people have differing needs. Generally speaking therapy sessions last approximately 50 minutes. It is recommended that clients attend sessions once a week or fortnightly in the beginning. Although once the work is well underway and clients are working toward an end this can be extended. In terms of duration, this is more complicated, some clients have one or two sessions, some six, some twenty and a few have more still, however, I will always discuss duration with you at your initial session and continue to explore this with you as we proceed.
These are just some of the issues we work with:
- Abuse, emotional, physical, sexual
- Anger Management issues, aggression, home, work, social
- Bereavement, loss and grief, loss by suicide
- Bi-sexual issues
- Childhood issues.
- Cultural issues
- Dissociation and dissociative identity disorder.
- Eating disorders, anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, body dysmorphic disorder
- Gay issues
- General Anxiety Disorder
- Identity, low self-worth, low self-esteem, meaninglessness
- Menopause, midlife crisis
- Negative or intrusive thoughts
- OCD, perfectionism
- Panic disorder
- Personal development
- Phobias, fears
- Post Traumatic Stress, trauma, historical issues.
- Psychosexual issues.
- Relationships- affairs, betrayals, cross cultural relationships, family issues, jealousy, pre-nuptial, separation and divorce, sexual difficulties, step family issues
- Sadness and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
- Sexuality, coming out, confusion, family identity, internalised homophobia, prejudice
- Sexual problems,
- Sleep problems, insomnia
- Stress and anxiety
- Unresolved issues
- Work related stress, bullying, disciplinary's, loss of job, new role/job redundancy, dismissal
Counselling session fees are:
£45 per session before 5pm
£50 per session from 5pm onwards.
£55 per session for relationship counselling