The term psychotherapy is preferred, as counselling suggests giving advice or ‘telling the patient what to do’. Although advice may sometimes be appropriate, one of the main aims of therapy is to help patients find their own solutions to their problems.
Based on Jung’s analytical psychology, the form of psychotherapy offered is eclectic and may include dream analysis.
In my experience, many cases of depression and anxiety, including panic attacks, are really ‘problems of living’ rather than mental illnesses – which is how they tend to be labelled by psychiatrists! Such symptoms do not usually arise in a vacuum. On the contrary, a person’s current difficulties may be related to repressed trauma or unconscious conflicts. By being brought to light, and the patient expressing his or her feeling about them to a concerned, non-judgmental and impartial therapist, the process of healing or at least acceptance can be assisted.