What is psychodynamic counselling?

What is counselling or psychotherapy?

Weekly therapeutic counselling aims to bring about a change in thinking. If you are experiencing anxiety, emotional difficulty, confusion or feeling stuck, counselling or psychotherapy can help.

“I walk through the darkened doorway where fear lurks and I turn on the light.” Anon

  • Counselling is confidential.
  • We can hold the answers to our problems inside us, counselling helps us to work out what those problems are and how to go about feeling better.
  • Sometimes what brings you to counselling can reveal underlying issues that have been holding you back.
  • Understanding yourself and feeling better can improve self esteem, quality of life and relationships with others.
  • When we receive your enquiry you will receive a phone call or an email, you will be asked for your contact details. During the first appointment we talk further about what your difficulties might be and decide on a way forward.
  • After your initial appointment to work out if and how we can work together, the content of sessions is shaped by what you want to focus on, week by week. Regular discussions about progress help to clarify and focus.
  • Counselling can be focused, for a short term solution to a specific area, or an open ended long term exploration.

Self care

Many of us feel that it is wrong to spend time on ourselves, that we should be helping others, family members, friends, sometimes complete strangers….

The truth is that looking after yourself is necessary both for your mind and your body. By exercising, eating sensibly and taking time out for yourself you have a greater chance of maintaining a healthy balance throughout your life.

What is depression?

Depression or low mood can be caused by many things; life events, past experiences or childhood problems not processed properly. Sometimes it just comes on apparently for no reason at all. There is a feeling of ‘stuckness’ about low mood that is hard to break out of. Everyone goes through periods of feeling that it’s hard to cope but if it continues for a long time and is starting to affect lifestyle or relationships then the feeling can lead to desperation, damaging thoughts and behaviour.

Often short term counselling can relieve the symptoms. Sometimes longer term counselling, psychotherapy or even open ended therapy is necessary to relieve low mood and bring about long term changes. The important thing is that depression can be treated.

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is a part of life, however there is healthy anxiety – the kind that gets you moving when you have something to do and have been putting it off – and unhealthy anxiety – the kind that prevents you from doing anything at all or keeps you awake in the middle of the night worrying about problems to be resolved in the morning.

Reducing anxiety happens with a combination of taking care and making time for yourself, exercise, healthy eating and talking about what is worrying you.

The importance of Sleep

Sleep is essential. Sleep can also be elusive when anxiety or low mood take over and can be one of the last healthy patterns to come back. Not sleeping is an exhausting cycle and can make everything seem impossible. Patience and time are needed to provide relief and resolution for some.


Drugs are not a long term answer but they can help you to engage with talking therapies with the aim of not having to rely on them.