Counselling / Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy means “caring for the soul” and originates from the Greek words ‘psyche’ meaning soul and ‘therapeutikos’ meaning caring for another. This is what counselling and psychotherapy is about; taking care of the soul. The relationship established with a therapist is the most important predictor for change. The trust developed allows patients to be vulnerable, to explore their deepest feelings, to know that there is someone holding their hand as you are standing at the edge of desperation, on their journey of self­discovery.

In Ellie’s words:

“When people come for counselling/psychotherapy they are usually experiencing distress in their relationship, work or other areas of their lives that impact their mental, emotional and physical well­being. It takes a lot of courage to uncover your broken heart, suffering mind, and share your fears in hope that you will find solutions for your problems.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy challenges your negative thought patterns to have a more realistic outlook on life and improve behaviour. Dialectical Behaviour Therapy teaches you to be mindful of your emotions and respond rather than react to challenges. Emotionally focused therapy is based on attachment theory and helps you to understand your most essential needs.

Therapy is hard work that you the patient must do with your therapist in order to create the change you desire. Your therapist will guide you, and teach you to manage life’s stresses with the least amount of distress.”

This is what counselling and psychotherapy is about; taking care of the soul

We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are.

The future depends on what we do in the present.

You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.

Every crisis contains within it the seeds for transformation and growth.

The purpose of psychotherapy is to set people free.

Your body hears everything your mind says.

The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.