Erika Mala
Counselling & Psychotherapy

What's the difference between counselling & psychotherapy?
Counselling is often described as a shorter-term intervention focusing on a particular event/ issue in someone's life.
Therapy is often described as a longer-term intervention, looking at issues, personal experiences and relationships more in depth.

Who can benefit from counselling & psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy and counselling can be highly effective for people experiencing a range of conditions and circumstances that impact negatively on their physical and mental health wellbeing. Some of the experiences and issues I work with are:

  • Anxiety- Fear- Stress- Panic
  • Depression- Self-harm- Low Self esteem/ Confidence- Impact of partner/parental mental health
  • Reaching a crisis point/ not being able to cope- Work & Life balance
  • Anger- Frustration- Aggression- Bullying
  • Shame- Trauma- PTSD- Domestic abuse- Sexual abuse- Childhood abuse
  • Relationship issues- Repeating patterns of behaviour- Couple's relationship and communication difficulties- Divorce
  • Family issues- Adoption- Parenting issues- Parent & Child relational dynamics
  • Life changes/ transitions- Loss- Bereavement- Long-term illness- Infertility
  • Sexuality- Sexual Identity
  • Feeling: stuck/ confused/ passive/ adaptive/ rebellious/ numb/ lost/ unsafe/ small/ invisible/ needy/ not accepted/ not loved

not belonging/ not mattered/ not cared for/ not bothered/ trying too hard/ not in control/ too controlling

  • Some people chose to be in therapy for their personal or professional development


How long are the sessions?
Individual (child, adult) sessions are 50 minutes long.
Couples sessions are 1-1.5hr long depending on agreement (contract).

How often would I need to attend?
Ideally weekly on a regular basis. However, if this is not possible, we can discuss other arrangements.

How long does counselling/therapy take?

This differs case by case as everyone is unique and it also depends on what someone brings to their therapy; what changes/ differences they want to make in their lives. It can be anything between six sessions to a few years.


Can I really talk about anything?
Yes. In the therapeutic relationship I offer professional boundaries, safe, confidential and non-judgmental space, where you can discuss anything, no matter how shameful or strange it may feel.

What is the benefit of using the creative arts in therapy?
The arts ( art, clay, sandplay, postcards, music, poetry, drama, puppetry, dance-movement) offer safe and contained way how to express and process feelings, which can sometimes be difficult to articulate or find the right words for.

Do I have to use the arts?
No. It is entirely up to you whether you choose to use any arts media to support your work in therapy.

What if my partner can not attend the couple session?
It is important that both of you attend your session. We can look at the option of rescheduling or cancelling your scheduled session.

Adult Therapy Child Counselling Couples Work