Counselling or Psychotherapy?
You might be unsure whether you are looking for counselling or psychotherapy. We will work together to identify what the areas of change are in order to ensure the work between us remains focused and your goals are met.
Counselling usually refers to shorter-term support for people who are dealing with a particular difficulty or specific issues or goals and is often related to the present, such as a relationship breakdown or redundancy or bereavement.
Psychotherapy is a longer-term process of treatment that identifies emotional issues and the background to problems and difficulties. It helps people with psychological problems that have built up over the course of a long period of time and will help you understand your feelings, thoughts and actions more clearly, often with a view to change.
feel listened to
come to terms with the past
increase your self-awareness
understand your part in relationships
identify & change unhelpful behaviour patterns
set goals and achieve them
make new choices and decisions
reduce stress and anxiety
Both Counselling and Psychotherapy involve a safe, supportive and respectful therapeutic relationship which can help you:
Positive benefits of therapy might be achieving a greater sense of balance in your life as well as feeling a lot more at ease with oneself. You might also become less concerned with others views and what they feel you should or should not be doing. This can feel very life altering initially as well as exciting when new doors open up for you. You might find yourself in a place where you feel you are taking responsibility for what you want, where you want to go and how you want to be.
Many years ago I made a decision to become a Psychotherapist after having a good experience of therapy myself. After an intensive five year training programme in Transactional Analysis (TA) with a psychotherapy specialty, I am committed to providing psychotherapy and counselling in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment in Falmouth, where people can discuss their problems and difficulties and decide what they want to change or consider how to cope with the things they can’t.
People seek counselling or psychotherapy for many reasons; sometimes life can be confusing and frustrating, it can feel pointless or scary. They may be experiencing difficult times in their lives or feelings of anxiety, depression or stuck in situations that feel beyond their control. They may be troubled by past experiences or feelings of being unable to cope. Some people enter into therapy because they simply feel unhappy in themselves or puzzled by life.
As an experienced practitioner I believe that we all have the capacity to enjoy good mental health and well-being. I am confident and experienced in working with a broad spectrum of presenting issues and feel privileged to have worked with many clients on a short term and long term basis depending on their individual needs.
However big or small your problems are, exploring them with a trained therapist can assist you in developing options for change and moving forward in a way that changes or enhances your life. I am here to help you feel better in how you live your life.
Hi, I'm Vicky Strowger - Welcome to my Website.
I believe therapy is where you can feel what it's like to be truly seen and heard.
What can my services help with?
Counselling and Psychotherapy can help with all of the following. However, This list is not exhaustive and if you have any issues not mentioned please contact me to discuss. If I am unable to help you I will certainly be able to point you in the right direction.
I offer Relational Transactional Analysis psychotherapy. It is my experience that a warm and supportive therapeutic relationship can give us the safety and space to explore the patterns that we have developed in our life and relationships.
To be truly heard and understood is integral to the therapeutic process. Our therapeutic relationship will be built on trust empathy and mutuality, making it an important part of the work. It is through this trusting relationship that healthy and lasting change can occur.
Transactional Analysis (TA) originates from Psycho-analysis: It provides ways of looking at people’s history and psychological make-up, and the way they relate to others. It’s clear and easy to understand which in turn helps make complicated processes easier to understand. Difficulties in the present are seen to result from decisions made in the past in order to cope with difficult experiences. These coping strategies are no longer helpful and new decisions need to be made which will be more helpful, leading to the client feeling more empowered.
Relational practitioners work with the conscious and unconscious processes between practitioner and client which means they will often reflect back how they experience the relationship between them with a view to informing them about how they may be experienced by others in relationships outside the therapy room. They will also encourage clients to share their own experience of the therapeutic relationship as openly and honestly as possible.
TA is suited to both to short-term goal-focused counselling, and longer-term more exploratory psychotherapy. The goal of both of these is not only understanding but also change.
To find out more about TA please click here
I have an Advanced Diploma in Transactional Analysis with a Psychotherapy specialty.
I am committed to ongoing professional development and as such, I am currently working towards taking my Certified Transactional Analyst exam and registration with UKCP.
I take regular supervision with a highly experienced UKCP registered TA supervisor as required by BACP and other regulating bodies
I am a member of the BACP and UKATA and adhere to the ethical frameworks of these organisations
I am fully insured
Training & Qualifications
2016 Advanced Diploma Transactional Analysis (3 years – level 7)
2013 Foundation Certificate in Transactional Analysis (1 Year)
2009 Certificate in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy (1 year – level 6)
2007 Transactional Analysis 101
2008 CPCAB Certificate in Introduction to Counselling Skills (level 2)
Therapy works best on a weekly basis. I charge £40.00 per 50 minute session.
Skype sessions are available for clients that find it difficult to travel. Please message me for more information.
I believe that counselling, therapy and emotional support should be available to all, and so I offer a number of reduced fee appointments to individuals in difficult financial circumstances or on very low incomes. Please do not feel embarrassed to ask for this when we talk.
What can you do now?
If this appeals to you, the first step is to arrange an initial session. This gives you a chance to talk about what brings you to seek counselling or psychotherapy at this time, and to ask me any questions you have.
During this first session you will get a good sense of how I work and also of whether you would feel comfortable working with me longer-term. There is no obligation on either side to continue therapy after this initial appointment.
Finding a Counsellor that is right for you is a very personal decision. I believe that positive therapeutic outcomes are primarily built upon the quality of relationship between therapist and client so it is important that you feel like you can have a good working relationship with whoever you choose to work with. You need to feel relatively safe and comfortable, but also suitably challenged.
If we both feel happy to continue working together after that initial session, we will arrange further regular sessions, at a time that is convenient to both of us.