Psychotherapist & Counsellor. Costa Blanca. Spain

psychotherapy and counselling
psychotheraphy and counselling We live in times of rapid and unexpected changes and which can cause stress. Coming to live on the Costa Blanca can open up and bring to the surface old pain, worries and problems which may have stayed successfully dormant before.
If you are hurting inside or life isn’t how you want it, or you just don’t know who you are, you don’t have to suffer in silence. You do have a choice. You can choose to get some help.

I work in the Humanistic and Integrative schools of psychotherapy and counselling. This means that the fundamental concept embraces the view that everyone was born OK with a basic drive for health and growth and a need for loving recognition. Humanistic therapy encompasses the cognitive, behavioural and emotional aspects of man.

Most of us have areas of our life where we are reasonably content and effective and other areas where we feel despondent and ineffective. Having a trained and caring therapist to help engage in a mutual respectful examination of those difficult unresolved areas is an important part of what a therapist supplies.

psychotherapy and counselling Transactional Analysis is part of the Humanistic school which I am trained in and adhere to. See page on Transactional Analysis for more information.

What is the difference between psychotherapy and counselling?
In practice there is very little difference between these two terms. They are both known colloquially as the talking therapies.

Counselling is often more associated with short-term work and problem solving and can be likened to “fine tuning of a radio” whereas psychotherapy is usually more long-term work and can be likened to changing the transistor in the radio.

The strength of the therapeutic relationship is important in both counselling and psychotherapy.

What kind of help do you offer children and teenagers?
pschotheraphy and counsellingSome times children feel lonely, bad or trapped and need a supportive hand outside the immediate family. The reasons can be varied such as a separation, divorce, loss, new birth in the family, transfer, removal or change in the culture or medical or environmental problems. Some children have a history of physical, sexual or emotional abuse. Parents have times too when they are stressed and lack the energy, skills or strength to manage their child’s distress.

Often children or teenagers go through stages in their lives that are challenging and parents struggle with knowing the best way to deal with these difficulties. It is at such times that contact with a therapist could be useful.

When working with children I work with the family unit and co-opt the parents into a working relationship so that together we decide on a treatment plan. I may see the child individually or I may work with the family unit or only with the parents or a mixture of all three.
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