Psychotherapy for Couples and Individuals
The focus in counselling is often on a single issue that is troubling an individual, couple, family or group (organisation).
Relationship Psychotherapy focuses on what happen between the lines in your relationship
Psychotherapy narrows and broadens the focus. Where issues are well entrenched your counsellor or psychotherapist will endeavour to help you see traits that might have a strong influence on you and be effecting your behaviour or sense of being. Psychotherapy may require a longer or more comprehensive therapeutic approach.
Individual Psychotherapy and Counselling
Individual counseling is often the first step toward making changes in your life. Whatever brings you to counseling you will find friendly and helpful counsel toward helping you find some resolution or understanding of your issues.
How far sessions look deeply into the psyche of the person depend on the issues and the person.. Early in the sessions an agreement is usually made about:
- what is wanted from seeing a counsellor
- what the counsellor can offer
- the kind of ‘therapy’ most suitable for the issues being discussed, and
- how many sessions may be needed
In some cases clients move into more depth or longer-term therapy using various psychotherapeutic modalities. Sometimes it is the other way around. Each person has different needs and wants. Therapists (counsellors and psychotherapists) are trained to differentiate and offer clients the best available service for the client’s needs.
Couples Psychotherapy and Counselling
Marriage Psychotherapy or Counselling brings to relationships a climate of reconciliation when things start going wrong. Most relationships start out with the highest hopes for a bright and prosperous future. Along the way obstacles to the couple’s goals cam make things difficult. One issue that brings discord to marriages is children.
Another is the extra-marital affair.
Couple support and counsel within a climate of individual coaching is helpful to engender a spirit of enquiry, to bring about a raft of strategies that you can take away with you and use for the rest of your life. These are not new ideas but ideas that will make a huge difference if you are willing to explore them.
Gay and Lesbian Counselling and Psychotherapy
Counseling gay and lesbian individuals and couples on a deeper level requires the skills of an experienced psychotherapist to help the client process more complex and deeper issues. While all adolescents are facing developmental issues, where homosexually oriented youth have special needs. Indeed, anyone questioning their sexuality require careful counseling from counsellors and therapist who are experienced in this area.
Counsellors may need to come to terms with their own feelings and reactions to homosexuality and have processes to enact when talking with people having issues with:
- being in gay and lesbian relationships
- coming out, to themselves, family, work, friends
- god and homosexuality
- cultural issues
- fighting homophobia
- HIV and AIDS
- Helping with clients who are facing ridicule, contempt and prejudice from their peer groups and families.
For more information, see Wikipedia on Psychotherapy