Matthew SaundersPsychotherapy in Reading

About Counselling and Psychotherapy

How it works
It can sometimes feel daunting to ask for help but it can also come as a relief to share thoughts and feelings that may have previously felt too difficult to talk about.

Counselling and psychotherapy offer a supportive space in which a sense of trust can be built, allowing connections to be made between thoughts, feelings, relationships, past experiences and what is happening in the here and now. Whatever is said will be confidential and heard in a non-judgmental way.

I am a registered member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and accredited with UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy) and I practice within the ethical framework of both of these organisations . Working within these ethical boundaries means that if you are seeking help or guidance you will be treated with respect and sensitivity in a secure environment where confidentiality is assured.

Counselling and Psychotherapy - what is the difference?
There is no obvious distinction between counselling and psychotherapy. Both terms describe a process where a qualified practitioner provides a safe, confidential space in which you can talk about your feelings. This offers the chance to make positive, creative changes to the way you feel about your life and in the way you see yourself and others around you.
Psychotherapy is sometimes thought of as a more in-depth form of counselling but this is not always the case; both can be offered on a short or a long-term basis for help in dealing with a wide range of issues. The difference, as in my own experience, often lies in the greater depth of training experienced by a psychotherapist.

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