What to expect
Counselling often focuses on resolving particular issues or problems that are current and causing unhappiness or difficulty. It can also be about improving an aspect of our lives, and gaining greater insight into our motivations, relationships and direction in our lives. Counselling might be only for a few sessions or it may be longer.
Psychotherapy may be thought of as being a deeper, longer term process.
What happens in a counselling session?
I will encourage you to talk freely about what has brought you to counselling. I will listen carefully and I will try to understand what is happening for you and how we can work together.
I often use Transactional Analysis (TA) as a model for working. It is an integrative approach to human psychology, combining aspects of psychodynamic, humanistic and behaviourist approaches and addressing cognitive, affective (feelings and emotions) and behavioural aspects of human experience.
Sometimes I will ask questions, and we will explore what you are thinking or feeling,or how you are behaving.I will often focus on what is happening in the counselling session at the time - exploring our mutual responses and experiences. This can increase awareness of how you relate to others and to situations in your life, and help you to make the changes you wish for and develop new ways of responding. There may be times when I give you something to do between sessions or to consider an approach to an issue that we have discussed.
I will not tell you what to do or what to think, but will help you form your own decisions and support you in bringing about the changes you desire.
I will regularly invite you to review how our sessions are progressing and we will pay close attention to how we are relating to each other.
Call me now on 07788 106671 or use the email form above to make an appointment for counselling in Edinburgh.
Alastair MacKinnon DipCouns, DipSuperv., LL.B, B.D.(Hons),FRSA