People are increasingly come to recognise that it is necessary to consider the mind, body and spirit holistically if they are to bring about desired change. Talking therapies can make an important contribution to the health and welfare of people experiencing psychological distress. Research has consistently shown that the most important factor in achieving positive and desired for outcomes is the quality of the therapeutic relationship you develop with your counsellor or psychotherapist.
The terms counsellor and psychotherapist are often used interchangeably, but what they both have in common is the utilization of talking openly and honestly to a trained person who is, initially at least, something of a stranger to you. Such an endeavor will require courage and commitment on your part, and a willingness to take a risk in order that things might be different in your life. That you are reading this suggests that you want things to change, and the attempts you have made to bring this about thus far have not worked. A 'leap of faith' is necessary on your part then, and the therapeutic 'journey', even though difficult for you, will present the possibility that things can be different and better. Remember that if you continue to do what you've always done, you'll keep on getting what you've always got.
Psychotherapy and counselling involves the development of a professionally supportive and compassionate relationship with a trained professional outside of your established social network. Surprisingly perhaps, it is that very separateness that can enable you to understand your difficulties in new ways, and thus move toward living your life in the way you want it to be.