Alison Hunter Therapy
Counselling, Psychotherapy, Coaching in Glasgow Southside & Online

Counselling & Psychotherapy

Counselling and psychotherapy are both talking therapies, offered by a trained practitioner such as myself, who works with people to help bring about the changes in their life they so want. 

It is a confidential space, where any issue or subject is open for reflection. You may think your problems are minor compared to other peoples', or you may be embarrassed to let someone else know what is going on for you. Whatever the situation, if something is bothering you, it is important to me .

Starting therapy can be nervewracking

When beginning, I aim to help you feel at ease and supported in telling me about what has led you to seek counselling and psychotherapy. 

Through the development of a trusting and collaborative partnership, we will then begin to make sense of your problems together, how you see yourself, the world and your place within it.

 

This may well involve reflecting on past and present experiences, feelings, relationships and patterns of thinking and behaviour that are preventing you from feeling fully alive and content within yourself. You set the pace in therapy, I am there to act as a guide and work alongside you in your discoveries rather than give advice and be the 'expert'.

 

Cultivate greater self-awareness

In working through this process, my hope would be that through cultivating greater self-awareness and acceptance, you are more able to tune in and make choices that best suit you. The aim is then that you can manage on your own with the psychological toolset we have developed together. 

Whilst therapy can be essential during a crisis, it can also be helpful if you are simply keen on developing your self-awareness. This can then allow you to know what changes you may want to make for yourself. 

 

I work with people for varying amounts of time, it depends upon what comes up and how we both feel you are doing. With some clients, the emphasis is on time-limited and goal orientated work whilst with others, it is more open-ended. All of these questions are useful to discuss both at the beginning of therapy and also as we go along. Open conversations around expectations of therapy are really helpful for both of us. 

What can counselling and psychotherapy help with?

  • Bereavement or relationship breakdown
  • Redundancy or work-related stress
  • Sexual or gender identity
  • Obstacles stopping you achieving your ambitions
  • Depression or sadness
  • Anxiety, helping you worry less about things 
  • Understand yourself and your problems better
  • Increase confidence
  • Improve relationships with others
  • Family problems
  • Infertility
  • Loneliness
  • Feeling stuck in life
  • Difficulty finding a sense of purpose
  • Life transitions
  • Unresolved trauma

 

 

What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?

Whilst both counselling and psychotherapy refer to 'talking therapies', the type of issues people may be coming with, can help a therapist distinguish whether this is counselling or psychotherapy. For me, counselling centres more on life issues that can affect us all, perhaps a recent bereavement, redundancy or ending of a significant relationship. In such difficult and upsetting situations, it can be of real benefit to talk our experience through with a trained professional and help gain a greater understanding of how we have been affected and what may help us feel more able to cope.

 

In contrast, psychotherapy is focused on deeper issues around your sense of self, which may not be consciously linked to any event or current issue. Perhaps you have always found relationships difficult, have experienced trauma, or always feel like you are not good enough. Such ingrained ways of being in the world require a longer term approach to really unpick what is going on and why this has come about. It is then through the building and establishment of a trusting, collaborative relationship with your therapist, that you may be able to understand yourself, others and the world around you differently and more contentedly. Whilst the two approaches do focus on different issues, sometimes counselling can lead to a more psychotherapeutic piece of work, when the initial stresses can lead to a greater awareness of perhaps underlying concerns.

For many of the reasons noted above, counselling generally refers to shorter term work with a client and psychotherapy longer term. Because of this, there is a chance for therapist and client to build a deeper bond during psychotherapy and for their relationship to become more of a feature in the work. What goes on between the therapist and client in the room will reflect other relationships in a client's life and so talking about what may be happening in our relationship and how we are both experiencing it can be really helpful for people in understanding more about their patterns and impact on other people.  

When all is said and done though, the most important thing is whether you feel comfortable in a therapist's company and that you might be able to trust them. Once you've looked around for therapists online, it is worthwhile getting a list together of 2-3 potential therapists and arranging to meet with each one before deciding who may be best for you. Therapy is a big commitment, so taking your time to find the right person is an important first step towards making the changes in your life that you want.

Contact Alison Hunter Therapy to find out more.

My Location

My counselling, psychotherapy and coaching practice in based in the Southside of Glasgow. It is within easy reach of Shawlands, Pollokshields, Giffnock, Newton Mearns and the city centre.

I work with clients both face-to-face and online. Please contact me to discuss what may work best for you.

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Testimonials

“I approached the counselling process with a certain level of trepidation and anxiety. However Alison was able to be supportive and reassuring, creating a safe environment. The sessions were undertaken at a pace I felt comfortable with and it was clear Alison was able to respond to my individual situation which was multifaceted. I found the process helpful and beneficial.I would be more than comfortable approaching Alison in the future should the need arise.” Anonymous, Glasgow