Carol Matthews BPC, SIP & BACPCounsellor, Psychotherapist and SupervisorQueens Park, North West London


Brief Counselling or Time Limited Therapy
This is likely to be anything between 6-24 weekly sessions of fifty minutes which would help us to think about your current problems and find new ways of tackling them. It focuses primarily on the here and now and serves those suddenly finding themselves experiencing a crisis situation such as divorce or job loss.

Open-ended Psychotherapy
This would be essentially psychodynamic, once to twice weekly and in more depth than brief counselling. We would, for example, be looking at repeating patterns of behavior which can cause disharmony in the workplace, social and personal relationships. This involves thinking about a personal history i.e. traumatic early experiences which may have contributed to today's unhappiness and distress.

Pyschoanalytic Pyschotherapy
Usually two or three sessions weekly, taking place over a longer period of time and demanding a greater degree of commitment from both therapist and client. This more intensive psychoanalytic psychotherapy usually experienced as a unique life changing and overall enhancing experience. However, nothing is set in stone and regularly people will move on from a less intensive therapy to something which is more in depth.

These three modes of therapy are always a two way interactive process, involving both client and therapist, regardless of whichever route the client chooses to take.

Some books that both patients and myself have found helpful

Awakenings by Oliver Sacks
Shattered Lives by Camila Batmanghelidjh
Why Am I Afraid to Tell You Who I Am? by John Powell
In MidLife by Murray Stein
Why Love Matters by Sue Gerhardt
Love’s Executioners and other Tales of Psychotherapy by Irvin Yalom
Healing Pain Attachment, Loss and Grief Therapy by Leick and Nielsen
Dibs In Search of Self by Virginia Maxline
An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison
The Art of Loving by Erich Fromm
Go ask Alice.....Anonymous

If you would like to find out more about how I might be able to help you, please contact me.

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