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What is Counselling & Psychotherapy

"Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate." (C.G. Jung)

Counselling Psychotherapies are a range of psychological practices used to support the mental, emotional, relational and spiritual wellbeing of individuals, couples and groups. These non-pathologising and strength affirming therapies help people resolve difficult experiences, situations and problems: such as emotional distress, depression, anxiety, relationship issues and trauma.

What’s the difference between Counselling and different types of Psychotherapy?

Counselling interventions helps individuals develop strategies to cope with life's challenging situations and crises. It helps people come to terms with their immediate circumstances, and effectively move beyond the presenting problem in new and meaningful way.

Psychodynamic psychotherapy helps individuals understand the significance of early relationship dynamics and development -  attachment and bonding - on our current relationship patterns dynamics  on personality formation.  It explores early relational development patterns of self-protection and defence, that tend to persist into our adult lives as negative patterns of relationship and behaviour, This approach supports emotional and behavioural change and  transformation within the personality.  It explores unconscious dynamics through the development of self-insight, individuation and the exploration of worldview.

Psychodynamic interventions address core-beliefs, the importance of emotions and personal values and meaning. It attends to the complex affects of stress, trauma, PTSD and toxic shame; and can help individuals resolve a range of psychosocial, emotion-focused and trauma-based problems. Dynamic processes incorporate evidence-based models from neuroscience, and specific trauma-processing interventions—such as EMDR and TFT - to process and resolve conditions such as trauma, PTSD, distress, fear, anxiety and emotional pain, depression, grief, isolation-disconnection, hopelessness, despair, toxic shame and destructive anger.

Depth-oriented Psychotherapy is defined by the basic idea that the human psyche is only partially conscious and is largely an unconscious process. The unconscious contains personal experiences that have been repressed or forgotten; as well as collective or transpersonal archetypal psychological "forces." It operates on the premise that all people possess unconscious, archetypal, psychological traits, that influence the functioning - physical, mental, emotional and spiritual - of the natural personality.  Depth psychotherapy focuses on the subtle, unconscious, archetypal and transpersonal aspects of human experience. 

Depth psychotherapies don’t generally focus specifically on day to day life-problems or issues, instead they focus on the subtle, unconscious, archetypal and transpersonal aspects of human experience. They emphasise the broader scope of an individual’s psychic development, maturation or individuation processes. Carl Jung’s depth therapy addressed the issue of how complexes, archetypes and ego-self dynamics change throughout the individuation process. It addresses personality complexes, emotions and archetypal influences throughout the conscious and unconscious dilemma, and helps people confront, discover and integrate previously unknown aspects of the self, into the personality. This approach is based on the premise that engaging and incorporating each of the elements and layers of unconscious content, brings increased self-discovery, growth, individuation and emotional well-being.

Depth oriented, psychodynamic psychotherapies incorporate experiential therapeutic models and right-brain processing functions, to explore unconscious and archetypal patterns, motifs, images and symbols; through dream work, symbol analysis, Sandplay therapy, active imagination and Ericksonian hypnotherapy or trance work. 

Mandala Health - Counselling Psychotherapy & Sandplay Therapy

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