Counselling with Mick Bartram

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Frequently Asked Questions

What type of counselling do you do?

I am a psychodynamic counsellor.

According to psychodynamic thinking, parts of ourselves co-exist within the one mind or 'psyche'. These parts are in a constantly shifting relationship or 'dynamic' with each other. Some parts of ourselves we know little or nothing about. There can be strong feelings associated with them. If we ignore these influences, they can cause us unhappiness in our relationships, in work or just in day-to-day living.

As a psychodynamic counsellor I help clients disentangle these processes. The goal is a more realistic basis for living.

I aim to be warm, non-judgmental and respectful of the client's concerns whatever they may be.

What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?

While both disciplines aim to heal the psyche, psychotherapists may ask clients to commit themselves for several sessions a week, often over a long period. Counsellors tend to see people once a week, sometimes for a few weeks or months. Counselling may also focus on the relief of a specific problem. The trainings of the two professions reflect these differences.

However, sometimes in counselling a longer term approach to the client's problems evolves naturally. Most counsellors are qualified to help in these circumstances and the counselling can then develop into the type of self-exploration associated with psychotherapy.

I mainly need good advice. Will you give me that?

As a counsellor I listen and reflect back what I hear, perhaps with my own comments. This will help you to think more clearly about what is worrying you and perhaps how you contribute to the problem. You'll then be in a stronger position to advise yourself and make better decisions about your life.

How long will the counselling go on?

The question is often hard to answer initially. Some people want to sort out their problem in a few weeks. Some worry about counselling going on for a long time without their really wanting it to. Others choose to give themselves more time.

This is something to be discussed by counsellor and client and kept under review.

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