Emma holds a BSc hons in psychology and is a member of the British Psychological Society.
Psychology is different to counselling, and many clients who have tried counselling in the past, who do not find the reflective nature of counselling beneficial (having to do all the talking, being asked to reflect on how something made them feel or what they think they should do etc.) find that they gain a lot more direction from psychology interventions.
During a psychology session, the practitioner will listen to the reasons you feel you need psychological support, then work with you to explain WHY you may be feeling like this. You will gain psychological knowledge about the way the brain functions (cognitive processing) and learn many theories into why faulty processing (negative thoughts, relationship sabotage, phobias, anxieties etc) may occur. Clients almost immediately begin to feel more in control, from the first session, as they immediately gain an understanding as to WHY they feel/think the way that they do. Your therapist will then work WITH you to create a treatment plan of how to address and reverse the disruptive cognitive processes. Treatment can then take on a more 'life coaching' style form.
To summarise; psychology is a much more interactive process than counselling, which seeks to teach you how to retrain your thoughts and understand your own mind, rather than supplying the listening service that counselling provides.
However, for those clients seeking a listening service, as it is a style that works for many, please do contact us and if we cannot provide the exact service that you require, we can help refer you to a friendly and competent counsellor in the Southampton area for no referral charge.