People often ask,
“What is the difference between Counselling and Psychotherapy?”
A process which enables you to develop awareness, options and skills for problem management and personal development in daily life through the enhancement of their strengths, resources and functioning. Its aim is to increase autonomy in relation to your social, professional and cultural environment.
This suits a number of client needs including referrals via an Employee assistance programme (via your workplace), as it usually, although not always relates to shorter term work around a particular problem.
If you think this may be available via your workplace through Employee Assistance Programmes, (E.A.P.’s) do enquire with your HR department or manager. Many employers offer help not only around workplace problems as inevitably these may overspill into your personal life too. Offering support at this stage can benefit both employer and employee, saving both time and money in the longer term.
Alternatively, working with you in the Psychotherapy field aims to facilitate your capacity for self-actualisation, healing and change, enabling you to recognise and change archaic, self-limiting patterns – dealing with the pain of the past in the present so that you are freer to live your life in the future.
TA is a humanistic philosophy. This means we, (Transactional Analysts), focus on each individual’s potential and stress the importance of growth and personal development. We fundamentally believe that people are innately good and that mental and social problems result from deviations from this natural tendency.
Transactional Analysis (TA) offers ways to explore, clarify and understand emotional, psychological and behavioural problems and experiences and how they develop, with the aim of helping people to access their own ability to make positive changes.
I support the basic principles of TA, (Eric Berne, 1950’s):
- We are all born OK as people
- Everyone has the capacity to think and make decisions
- With help, people can find their own answers and make new decisions
- Change is possible
The ‘relational’ aspect of this work aims to understand and engage with the non-conscious and the unconscious, as well as that of the conscious world of the client or supervisee both within and outside the sessions, in order to further facilitate the change.
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