Counselling is traditionally talk therapy but before you pass that off as being insignificant let me point out a couple of well researched things about talking. Firstly, verbal thought is very different to other types of thinking so that when you talk out loud you are doing something very different than when you are thinking inside your head. Secondly, there is much personal insight to be gained from verbally giving your autobiography in a linear way to someone who doesn't know you. Pieces of the puzzle fall into place and often lightbulb moments come as a result of doing just that. Add to this that counsellors unlike your friends and loved ones are great listeners, do not need you to feel good so they can feel comfortable (which is the case with those close to you) and they genuinely want to help you find a better way forward. Counsellors are trained to listen, spot anomalies, faulty perceptions and ways you are keeping yourself stuck and unknowingly limiting your options.
Sometimes, just the act of venting in a safe space brings relief. You can say things to your therapist that would cause a storm or sound hurtful in your living room. Humans are biologically attuned to managing and regulating our emotions through social interaction but it's often hard to find someone who can truly really listen without their own agenda getting in the way or interrupting the flow by offering well meaning 'fixes'. There's a big differnce between talking to someone who has the capacity for guenuine empathy, as the majority of counsellors do and someone who has no empathy at all or cold empathy (commone in the general population and especially in males) or just wants you to shut up so they can talk about themselves.
At the core tenants of counselling are: active listening, empathy, understanding lack of judgement and confidentiality. Who else can you talk to who you are 100% certain will not share the graphic details of your story with someone else? Counselling helps you to clarify your thoughts, feelings, behaviours and choices. It challenges distortions & unhelpful thought patterns and offers strategies so you can work out the best solution to your problems.
As a Spiritual Counsellor, I also have years of spiritual seeking and studying that have given me a perspective on life that may be seen as broader than your average counsellor. Nothing you say to me is further down the rabbit hole when it comes to spiritual beliefs than I have at some time delved. People who have spiritual beliefs can also trip themselves up by operating out of magical thinking or using a phenomenon known as 'spiritual bypass' to self sabotage. Toxic sentimentality which in my opinion is the expression of Love without the use of Wisdom further confines people in to dysfunctional relationships and modes of being in life that are unhealthy.
PsychoSpiritual therapy is the combination of mainstream psychological theory with a spiritual perspective to create an experience that focuses on all aspects of the human condition; body, mind and spirit. It aims to give a sense of wholeness while healing trauma and limiting coping strategies adopted by the old self to empower personal transformation.
There are more than 1200 psychotherapies used around the world today.
The therapies that I have trained in are;
Guided imagery & Visualisation, Narrative therapy, Mindfulness, Meditation, Gestalt, Hypnotherapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Gottman Relationship therapy, Pranic Healing, Reiki
PsychoSpiritual Therapy and Counselling can address mental, emotional & behavioural problems such as;
Anxiety, depression, anger, childhood trauma, CPTSD, divorce & separation, patterns of abuse, narcissistic relationships, self-confidence, self-esteem, grief & loss, life transitions, career changes
Research into counselling and therapy shows time and again that the most important factor is your relationship with your therapist. So it's important that you do your due diligence and make sure you choose a counsellor or therapist that you feel comfortable with, who gets you.