Counselling & Psychotherapy

Professional services

Enabling deeper understanding of yourself and others and assisting you to make the changes you want to see in your life...

Counselling and Psychotherapy are both professional services that assist people to develop a better understanding of themselves and others, address life difficulties and make the changes they want to make in their lives. Professional Counselling and Psychotherapy both have very clear therapeutic frameworks regarding professional boundaries, ethics and confidentiality.  Counselling and Psychotherapy make it possible for people to talk about, and work through, their deepest darkest painful secrets and experiences in a professional environment where you will be treated with respect, not judged or criticised and valued for your uniqueness.

Counselling is usually short term treatment and focuses on enhancing people’s capacity to cope with specific life challenges such as relationship breakdowns, grief and loss, lifestyle transitional changes, workplace difficulties, conflict or crisis to name a few.  Effective counselling reduces confusion, allowing the client to make effective decisions leading to positive changes in their attitude and/or behaviour. Counselling is not advice-giving and is not acting on someone else's behalf.  The ultimate aim of counselling is to enable the client to make their own choices, reach their own decisions and to act upon them accordingly.

Psychotherapy is long term treatment that focuses on achieving change in the personality or the self. The psychotherapist works intensively with the client to assist them to gain a deeper understanding and to overcome core issues or obstacles that persistently disrupt their life. Often people notice that the nature of their personal difficulties is repetitive and patterns begin to develop. Similar issues arise time and again within different contexts and relationships. Psychotherapy helps people achieve better understanding and change long standing patterns of behaviour that may be impacting on the ability to maintain healthy friendships and intimate relationships, the ability to parent, work or study. Psychotherapy encourages the client to go back to their earlier life experiences and explore how these experiences affect current issues in your life. Psychotherapy helps the client to become conscious or aware of experiences which they were previously unaware of and is utilised for more complex issues that are impacting on a person’s life in a negative way. The aim of psychotherapy is to raise a person’s conscious awareness of how core issues impact on the way you think, feel and behave. Once this is achieved the person’s ability to bring about long term psychological, emotional and physical change is enhanced.                                        

Counselling and Psychotherapy is not about:

  • Giving advice to a client or telling a client what to do
  • Judging a client
  • Attempting to sort out the problems of the client
  • Expecting or encouraging a client to behave in a way in which the counsellor may have behaved when confronted with a similar problem in their own life
  • Looking at a client's problems from your own perspective, based on your own value system
  • The therapist self disclosing, talking about or comparing his or her own life experiences to yours
  • The therapist getting emotionally involved with a client, developing a friendship with a client, falling in love with a client, or having an intimate sexual relationship with a client

 

50 Main Street, Lithgow NSW 2790

 

113 Keppel Street, Bathurst NSW 2795

 

0407 263 077

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