Both of these terms can be used to describe talking therapy and are frequently used interchangeably. There are certainly overlaps in the way therapists work, but in very general terms it is worth thinking about the following.....
If you have a specific problem of a more acute nature you may want to engage in counselling. This can be helpful if you are feeling stuck or finding yourself at a crossroads in your life.
Psychotherapy can often be longer term with the opportunity to talk about and explore embedded, longstanding issues at a deeper level. You may have noticed a pattern of concerns that keeps coming back, or feel you are ready to address some underlying themes like unresolved trauma or unhealthy relationships from the past.
The choice is yours! Or a combination of both may be right to support you to move forward and make positive and long lasting psychological change.
Arts Psychotherapy (or Art Therapy), is a protected title used by qualified and registered practitioners. It is a creative process that facilitates the development of self-awareness, emotional growth and personal choice. This approach, in addition to talking, also has a non-verbal aspect. The opportunity to use the arts can add a deeper layer of understanding and has been proven to be particularly beneficial for people who find it difficult to express their thoughts and feelings using words alone.
Clients benefit from having a choice of expressive modalities to creatively explore issues and feelings. They find that it can help to describe, connect with and transform their lives. Using the imagination, metaphor and non-verbal expression can work on an unconscious level to accelerate the healing process. You do not need to be artistically talented to work in this way. With curiosity and playfulness it becomes clear that each art form provides a unique language for human experience.
Arts Psychotherapy is available to everyone as a means to understand and work with change and difficult life circumstances. As well as supporting self development, it can be an effective treatment for a range of mental health diagnoses.
Working with a professionally trained and accredited therapist can form part of a holistic journey together with other forms of healing. It can also support clients undergoing medical interventions and prescribed medication.
I am a fully qualified practitioner registered with the HCPC, (Health Care Professionals Council), which means that I am trained in using a multi-arts approach alongside psychological talking therapy.
I am also accredited by the UKCP, (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapists), as a Clinical Psychotherapist.
My approach draws on a wide range of theoretical models which are used to match the needs of each individual client. This could include Gestalt, transactional analysis, psychodynamic, attachment-based, relational neuroscience, existential, transformative dreamwork, CBT and trauma-informed techniques.
I am also a long-term mindfulness practitioner and an experienced musician. I draw on these skills and disciplines and integrate them into my approach as an integrative therapist.
I will listen very closely and non-judgementally to you and offer the interventions that I feel will be most helpful for you in your situation. This may be simply talking things through and getting a sense of what is happening at a deeper, unconscious level.
You may be feeling anxious, worried or overwhelmed, perhaps facing a crisis in your close relationships. You could be experiencing issues around your self worth or body image. Maybe you have lost a loved one and are finding it difficult to deal with adjusting to life without them. Perhaps it is depression or unresolved trauma from your past that are effecting how you engage with life in the here and now.
Whatever the situation, I can help you to move through painful experiences and find an inner peace and acceptance. I also offer a variety of resources to take away which will help you to build resilience for your future.
My consulting studio is in Houghton, near to Arundel in West Sussex. It is a safe, quiet, contained and confidential space that enables you to express whatever you feel you need to. (Clients often comment that the view outside is healing in itself)!
Situated in the South Downs National Park, the nearest train station is Amberley. The studio is most easily accessed by car, and there is a dedicated parking space available outside for clients.
You will find yourself in a space where you can talk about whatever is on your mind, at your own pace, with the opportunity of exploring with arts mediums if you feel that would be helpful.
My supply of arts materials is extensive and, together with my guidance and encouragement, you can experiment with new ways of seeing and being.
The initial session takes the form of an assessment. I will ask you lots of questions and make notes, and you will have the opportunity to ask me lots of questions to find out more about what therapy can offer you.
We can talk a little about your life - where you have been, where you are now, where you would like to be in the future, and how we can best work towards getting you there.
This session is an opportunity to clarify your reasons for seeking therapy, maybe setting some goals, and get a feel for how we might work together.
My fee is £50 for a 1 hour session (this is the same for an assessment session). I review my fees at the end of each year giving reasonable notice of any increase. Please feel free to discuss any financial concerns with me as concessions can be negotiated in certain circumstances.
If you are unable to keep your appointment I would appreciate as much notice as possible. I will reserve the right to charge for sessions that are cancelled with less than 24 hours notice.
I am fully insured and hold an enhanced DBS certificate. My clinical supervisors are HCPC and/or UKCP registered.
Please phone 01798 831694 and leave a message giving me a convenient time to call you back. We can then have an initial chat (maximum 15 minutes - no charge), to see if it would be appropriate for you to attend an assessment consultation in the near future.
or email firstname.lastname@example.org and I will reply as soon as I can.
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