Counselling and Psychotherapy
The following wording has been prepared by , to describe the range of therapies offered by clients, in this case counselling and psychotherapy. This wording is not the responsibility of the Adlerian Society, and is not endorsed by the Adlerian Society
clients include therapists trained in a wide range of specialisms within the areas of counselling, psychotherapy and life coaching. Counselling may offer clients a way forward when suffering from distressing conditions which adversely affect quality of life such as stress, depression, anxiety, and panic attacks. You may have a particular problem which is creating difficulties for you at present such as feeling that you lack confidence, you are suffering loss or bereavement or you have suffered from trauma or abuse either recently or in the past.
Counselling assists clients to address their problems and make the life changes needed to overcome these problems and thereby improve their health and well-being. Counselling is confidential and no issue is dismissed as minor or deemed too big or taboo. Talking to someone who does not know you personally and is not judgemental, in a confidential setting, can be a safe place to explore how you feel about yourself and help to make sense of your world and where you fit into it. It can be beneficial at many stages in life, from adolescence, through working years and into retirement and later life. You may be suffering from anger and frustration about a situation you cannot change, it may be that you are confused about your gender or sexuality, feel that you have an addictive personality and drugs, alcohol or gambling are particular issues that presently need to be addressed. Counselling cannot make decisions for you but it can help give you the emotional strength needed to explore difficulties that may cloud your ability to form important judgements that can affect your future.
The word psychotherapy comes from the Ancient Greek words psychē, meaning breath, spirit, or soul and therapeia or therapeuein, to nurse or cure. It can prove beneficial for helping clients gain control over phobias, addictive behaviour, and help with eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia. If you suffer with low self esteem, mood swings and often feel defeated by lifes challenges then you may find psychotherapy, which is defined as the relief of distress or disability in one person by another, may be an effective treatment for you.
Psychotherapy is an intentional interpersonal relationship used by trained psychotherapists to aid a client with problems they are experiencing in their day to day living and it may be that clients suffering from domestic violence, post natal depression or alcoholism may find psychotherapy, which is one of the "talking therapies", and usually conducted face-to-face between between therapist and patient of benefit.
Psychotherapists use many techniques in their work and approaches include analytical, behavioural and cognitive, experiential, humanistic or integrative. Some therapists may also use hypnotherapy. Ultimately psychotherapy aims to help patients overcome psychological problems, resulting from conflict either within the workplace or elsewhere, domestic violence or even brought about by ill health and chronic pain.
Psychotherapy aims to increase the individual's sense of their own well-being and therefore clients suffering with issues such as an identity crisis, mid or later life crises, relationship problems or divorce may benefit from the range of techniques psychotherapists use based on relationship building, dialogue, communication and behaviour change which are designed to improve the mental health of a client.
Life coaching aims to help clients ascertain and meet personal achievement. Clients who wish to identify and progress personal goals within their life or career may utilise the skills of a life coach. Life coaches use a multitude of methods in order to empower their clients to both set and realise achievable ambitions within their life and many coaches these days blend counselling techniques with coaching techniques, and often have counselling or psychotherapy backgrounds.