Anna Wanless Psychotherapy & Counselling

21st March 2016 
Tel: 01442 864708
Psychotherapy and Counselling
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Psychotherapy and Counselling

What sort of conditions can be helped by Counselling or Psychotherapy?

People usually seek out a psychotherapist or counsellor when they feel stuck, or at a loss with a particular issue. Often other routes, such as talking to family or friends, GP or spiritual leader have been tried before. When this has proven not helpful enough and when you feel that you cant move forward then it may be appropriate to consider seeking the professional input of a psychotherapist or counsellor.

I have extensive experience of working with people presenting with issues such as:
  • Abuse
  • Adoption (see Post-Adoption Counselling page)
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement/Loss/Change
  • Cultural Issues
  • Depression
  • Disability
  • Eating Disorders
  • Mental Health
  • Parenting
  • Prejudice
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Self-esteem
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Stress
  • Trauma

    What are the benefits of Counselling or Psychotherapy?

    The aim of the kind of psychotherapy and counselling that I practice is to facilitate insight and acceptance. Generally speaking, the work we would do aims to deepen your understanding of yourself and others, and to facilitate a wider range of choices than you feel you have for yourself at present.

    How do Counselling and Psychotherapy work?

    Psychotherapy and Counselling are both referred to as one of the talking therapies. I use a conversational style, where I engage with what you bring. You are free to talk about anything that is on your mind, how you are feeling, any dreams or thoughts you have or may have had and we take it from there.

    How long will it take before I notice any change?

    Counselling and Psychotherapy are psychological processes, where the interaction and dialogue between the client and practitioner play an important part. Another very important factor is how you as a client can make use of the work we do. Therefore it is is not possible for me to predict how long your own process will take.

    Another factor that helps your progress is the degree to which you are curious about yourself.

    Psychotherapy and Counselling - Is there a difference?

    Generally speaking, psychotherapists have had a longer and more in-depth training than counsellors. They are thus more equipped to work with deeper-seated difficulties, and over a longer period of time. This can sometimes be over a period of several years, depending on the degree of difficulty a client brings.

    Counsellors are often equipped to work short- and longer term focusing on a particular issue.

    Counselling and Psychotherapy may overlap, depending to some extent on the expertise of the practitioner. Whatever the title of the practitioner is, the most important thing for you as a client is to be sure that you feel at ease with the person you are seeing.

    Whether a counsellor or a psychotherapist, both will need to be accredited and registered. This means that the practitioner adheres to the Code of Ethics as outlined by their member organisation and accrediting body. You are entitled and recommended to ask whether the practitioner is accredited and registered upon making your first contact.

    The main organisations that register accredited practitioners are the UKCP* and the BACP*. These are useful websites to visit if you want to inform yourself further.

    I trained as an Integrative Psychotherapist at the Minster Centre* in London.