Counselling tends to include much more specific and immediate issues as opposed to psychotherapy
Philippe Jacquet & Associates provide counselling services in Central London and other locations. Find out how counselling can help with stress, anxiety, and many other challenges in life.
Everyone faces difficulties throughout their lives, some of them small, and some of them very important. In certain cases, we are able to solve these difficulties without any help, come up with strategies that perform well and contribute to our sense of self-confidence and self-esteem in overcoming difficult or demanding issues.
However, often in life, the difficulties, problems or circumstances we encounter can be daunting. They can appear to be beyond the reach and breadth of our problem-solving skills or fields of expertise. It might even appear difficult to locate anyone inside our existing group of acquaintances, family, or employers whom it will be acceptable to address the matter.
Group and Individual Options
The answer to this dilemma may not be as difficult as it first appears. Counselling can offer a short-term option to work through challenges and problems that may crop up in anyone’s life. These issues can be discussed in a small group setting, an individual session, or a combination of the two options.
Group sessions that are carefully constructed by the counsellor are invaluable as a way to talk through your challenges with others who are facing similar issues, obstacles, or difficulties. Groups are selected by the professional counsellor to address issues that are common within group members.
Counselling can be completed on an individual basis as well. With this option, as well as with group sessions, the counsellor is not there as a source of the definitive answer to the client’s problem. Instead, the counsellor, and group members if applicable, are there to introduce new ideas and provide differences in perspective. By examining these ideas and perspectives, the individual is then able to look at a range of ways to solve the problem or create a better option for resolution.
What issues can counselling help with?
There are a multitude of issues that a counsellor can help you with, from depression to phobias, anxiety to stress, addiction to eating disorders.
Whilst some of the same techniques and methods may be used in counselling and psychotherapy, counselling tends to address much more specific and immediate issues than psychotherapy does. It is more directed towards a current challenge or concern that the client may have as opposed to long-term patterns of behaviours.
There are several different challenges or areas of concern that are effectively addressed through counselling as opposed to other types of therapeutic interventions. In several cases, issues with interpersonal conflict in relationships are ideal candidates for counselling.
Highly professional and skilled in guiding and working with clients, Philippe Jacquet has years of experience in counselling clients. This experience and professionalism allow Mr. Jacquet to structure both group and individual sessions to maximize the potential for personal growth and change for each client.
In some situations and with some clients, counselling may be an effective way to address immediate issues, while uncovering some previously unknown long-term issues that may be contributing to the issue. In this situation, the counsellor can work with the client to determine if psychotherapy to get to the root issues may be in the client’s best interest.
Counselling is a very confidential, very effective way to address issues that may seem overwhelming or impossible to resolve. With professional assistance and support, you can learn strategies and options to resolve the issue on your own terms and in your own way.
Often, people who find that they are consumed by worry can benefit from anxiety counselling, where they talk to a trained therapist about what is causing the anxiety and perhaps uncover a hidden reason for their constant worry. The idea is not to get the patient to a place where they will never worry again because that is impractical and potentially harmful. Instead, the patient will learn ways to manage their anxiety to improve their day-to-day life.
Those seeking help for depression will learn new coping mechanisms, as well as having the chance to be honest about what is troubling them to someone who won’t judge them and perhaps get to the root cause of their problem.
There are any number of things that can cause someone to seek out stress counselling, from marital problems to pressure at work. With this type of therapy, the patient will learn how to manage their stress in the long-term, especially by making time for themselves.
Those suffering from eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia, compulsive overeating, and Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS), may well be experiencing other mental health issues, like those listed above, and counselling can help address the underlying issues that are causing the eating disorder.
Those suffering from addictions including, but not limited to, alcohol, smoking, prescription medication, and illegal drugs, can benefit from therapy to address the (perhaps) hidden issues causing the addiction.
Much like with eating disorders, addiction is often the result of underlying mental health conditions and may even be an attempt to self-medicate.
This is one of the greatest problems that comes with the stigma around mental health issues. It exacerbates the existing problem, say depression, and can also cause further issues, like alcoholism or drug misuse. With treatment for addiction, counsellors will look at the whole picture in order to treat the patient effectively. Think about it like gardening; if you want to remove a plant, there’s no point just focusing on the part you can see because the roots will cause the plant to grow back.