Counselling and psychotherapy
Hello. My name is Fran Lintern and I'm an experienced UKCP registered psychotherapist and counsellor working in the Littlehampton area.
'Counselling' or 'psychotherapy'?
The difference between counselling and psychotherapy is mainly a theoretical one and the two terms are often used interchangeably. ‘Counselling’ tends to refer to a process which deals with the immediate present, and the number of sessions will tend to be fewer. ‘Psychotherapy’ tends to be used for a process which explores and works through more enduring problems. I use the term 'therapy' here to cover both ideas.
So what is therapy — and why might it be helpful?
People start thinking about therapy for all sorts of reasons. For some it's because they experience a difficult life event, whilst others just feel dissatisfied, stuck and miserable. Some may notice patterns or trends which occur in their lives and which they don’t understand and can’t seem to stop. Depression is very common, and I've written more about this separately – please see my Depression page for more details.
It doesn’t matter why you might be considering therapy now. Whatever the cause of your distress, therapy can help you understand what's going on, work through your thoughts and feelings and find a way forward.
The therapy process is about providing time for yourself in a safe and confidential setting with a trained professional, to explore what's bothering you. It's different from talking things through with a friend or family member, who may have an opinion about what you're saying. I may ask a question to help me understand, and I might occasionally make a suggestion to help you consider options, but I won't judge you or give advice. There's no right or wrong way to do therapy, and it's always a journey of self awareness and discovery.
Therapy in Littlehampton
My training background is analytic/psychodynamic and I'm interested in the way our early life experiences form us as adults. But you don't have to talk about your past or your childhood unless you want to. The session is your time, you can bring whatever is on your mind, and that's what we'll think and talk about.
EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique)
We can use EFT if it looks as though that would be helpful. EFT involves tapping with your fingers on specific acupressure points. It's a very effective method of returning the mind, body and feelings to a state of harmony and can be really useful in helping release emotions which have become trapped in the body and might not respond to talking alone.
Can I help?
I'm very happy to have an informal chat with you on the telephone to discuss your needs and whether therapy could help you. There are details about venue, fees etc. on my Contact Me page. Do please give me a call on 01903-722838 or 0771-282-9189, or e-mail me
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