COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY
Changes in life can leave us feeling overwhelmed and looking for ways to cope with our circumstances. It is at these times that we may benefit from professional support in the form of counselling and psychotherapy to help us try and make sense of what seems challenging to live with or understand at that time. Our highly experienced team can help you to move beyond issues that are holding you back from a life lived with greater meaning and freedom.
They can help you explore and work through issues such as:
- Eating disorders (including, but not limited to, bulimia, anorexia nervosa, binge eating, other specified feeding or eating disorders)
- Low self-esteem
What is the difference between psychotherapy and counselling?People have questions regarding what is involved in counselling and psychotherapy.
They are similar in that they both involve talking in a confidential space when you can gain support in dealing with emotional challenges they may be facing. Often counselling is shorter term than psychotherapy and may focus on current specific issues. Psychotherapy is often longer-term and include looking at early life experiences and how they may be unconsciously impacting the present. At The Surrey Centre, both approaches are used to address multiple issues including anorexia nervosa, bulimia, binge eating, other specified feeding or eating disorders,) anxiety and low self-esteem.
If in doubt we are happy to discuss the best approach for you.
Normally, psychotherapy explores at depth psychological difficulties that are presented in the therapeutic relationship. There is a consistent long term relationship between the therapist and patient which in itself becomes meaningful and can help the patient as part of the psychological work that needs to be done.
Counselling can focus on a ‘single issue’ for example, anxiety or low self-esteem. It could be work-related or an issue in a relationship. Counselling can sometimes be time limited where goals may be set as part of the counselling work.
It is important to discuss during your assessment whether counselling or psychotherapy is for you.
How do I make an appointment?
If you feel that counselling or psychotherapy might help you, then contact the service to make an initial assessment appointment. This will be a time for you to talk about your current difficulties and some of the underlying causes.