Counselling and Psychotherapy in Kent, East Sussex and South East London
Welcome to Private Counselling Treatment
As an Accredited Member of BACP, British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, Counselling Southeast offers counselling and psychotherapy to individuals, couples, young people and schools in Kent, East Sussex and South East London, including Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells and Sidcup.
Private Therapy When You Need It
Counselling Southeast is able to offer counselling when you want it, without the added stress of months of waiting for help and for as long as you need it.
Counselling and Psychotherapy
Counselling and psychotherapy is a strictly confidential, non-judgemental therapy and can help with many kinds of mental health problems, in all age ranges. A client may be feeling they can't cope for some reason, experiencing a crisis in their lives such as a relationship or work related problem or a bereavement; they may be feeling anxious or depressed or simply that they are unable to get on with their lives in a happy and fulfilling way. Present circumstances, personal or work related, health problems, changes in our lives, past traumas or loss, can all cause us to find it difficult to cope in the present.
Counselling and psychotherapy offer an opportunity to talk about a problem in confidence with a professional who is not involved personally in your life. By gently exploring what is troubling you and why, counselling can enable you to find a way forward in a crisis, find the reasons for or face a difficulty with more confidence or find a new way to deal with things. It can help people to make better choices and decisions and regain control in their lives.
Couple Counselling or Couple Therapy, as the name suggests, is about working with couples, either married or partners. It is aimed at helping partners gain a deeper understanding and insight into how they relate, enabling couples to engage more creatively with the challenges of relationships.
Counselling for Young people and Students
Working with young people and students can be very rewarding. It offers them a chance to resolve the difficulties and anxieties they often face as teenagers and even younger. Instead of becoming stressed or depressed, feeling alone and sometimes frightened by their worries, often turning to other dramatic ways to cope such as self-harm, eating disorders, alcohol or drug abuse, counselling gives them a chance to explore their concerns in a confidential setting, helping to restore their self-esteem and feeling of being in control of their lives. It can enable them to enjoy their young lives again and go forward into adulthood confident and independent beings.
Students of Counselling
Students currently undertaking courses in counselling who need to have their own therapy as part of the course, are welcome. Sometimes favourable rates can be offered for long term therapy to help students.
What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?
There is no universally accepted difference between counselling and psychotherapy or whether they constitute the same or different therapies. Most therapists will use a number of different styles and modalities according to their own style and practice and reflecting the needs of the client. It is sometimes said that psychotherapists are more directive in their approach and treat clients with more difficult and longer term problems, or that they are able to diagnose mental health problems. In my experience counsellors treat exactly the same problems and whether or not they take a more directive approach will depend on their modality and style of counselling. It has been an issue always in debate but rarely agreed upon.
It is important to note, however, that there may be changes made in the near future to the way counselling and psychotherapy are represented. There may be differentiation between the types of training and qualifications counsellors have received. This could impact upon their level of registration with counselling bodies. Counsellors and psychotherapists may have to come under the umbrella of the HPC, the Health Practitioners Council which may mean greater control of how therapists describe themselves. At this present time no definite decisions have been made but there will be greater clarity soon.