Psychotherapy and counselling, these days, are often regarded as the same process and it is true that there is a considerable overlap.

Loosely speaking, psychotherapy is expected to be a longer-term process than counselling. As well as focusing on the problem or issue that you bring to your appointment, during therapy sessions, you can expect to spend some time concentrating on your early years and family background, seeing how these impact on your functioning now. It will also focus at times on the relationship between you and the therapist in order to better understand how you function in the outside world.

It could be said that psychotherapy will be most useful to more deep-seated problems.

Sally Barmes is the Nine Springs Resident Psychotherapist.

What can the client expect 

When Sally is working, her aim is to enable each client to explore and resolve issues in the way that suits them best personally. She believes that many of our problems stem from long-term over-adaptation to our external world with not enough attention being paid to the truth of our internal world. As a result we may feel we do not fit our skin or we may be living a life that is unfulfilling. Ultimately we can end up feeling stressed, depressed, anxious, angry and fearful, about a whole range of life situations.

What will happen in a session

Sally offers both short-term counselling and longer-term psychotherapy. In either case, you will usually have an initial phone conversation with her to ensure that you feel reasonably comfortable meeting with her. If this is the case, a first session will be arranged. In that meeting Sally will ask you about your current circumstances and take some details of your history.

At the end of this first appointment, if you wish to see Sally again she will suggest that you commit to a further five meetings. During these sessions you and Sally will begin to explore your circumstances and your feelings. You may start to bring about changes in your life, your relationship with yourself and with others.

Towards the end of the six sessions you and Sally will review their usefulness to you and whether you would like to continue with the therapy. If that is the case, further sessions will be mutually agreed in a way that is most helpful to you and your situation.

How many sessions should the client need before they see a result

There is no rule of thumb here; some clients stay for 6 sessions and some stay for 6 years (or longer)!

What can the therapy help

Pretty much anything that is bothering you emotionally.