Brendan McLoughlin

About Psychotherapy #01

Psychotherapy and Counselling

How do psychotherapy and counselling work?

Psychotherapy and counselling are both forms of talking therapy. They make use of the relationship between the therapist and the client to work with whatever is there in your experience that may be causing you concern. By accepting the invitation to talk freely about whatever may be there in your awareness of yourself, you agree to turn your attention to all the different levels involved, conscious and unconscious, that may need to be explored and understood. In shorter term work, this may allow conflicts to be identified and priorities for resolution to be agreed. In longer term, open-ended work, this may enable deep changes to be made which support the pursuit of a more satisfying and creative experience of life.

What kinds of problem can psychotherapy and counselling help?

Counselling and psychotherapy have been found to be helpful with a range of problems including: alienation, alcohol and drug dependence, anxiety, bereavement and grief, childhood issues, depression, family breakdown, experiences of sexual and physical abuse, low self esteem and poor self image, general feelings of inferiority, being an outsider, loss of meaning and direction, stage of life issues, patterns of failure and conflict, problems with self acceptance, early deprivation, mental illness in the family or in oneself, stress, feelings of emptiness and or powerlessness...

What are the benefits of psychotherapy and counselling?

Psychotherapy and counselling work because they provide an empathic and non judgemental relationship in which you may come to know and understand yourself better. The therapeutic relationship provides a safe container which allows you to grow in your acceptance of your own reality, to work through your issues and to develop your capacity for greater well-being.

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