Counselling & Psychotherapy

What is the aim of counselling / psychotherapy?

We all experience difficulties in our lives but sometimes people can get stuck and feel unable to resolve issues themselves. A counsellor or psychotherapist works with a client in a safe, confidential space to explore difficulties he or she is experiencing. These difficulties can take many different forms: unhappiness in a relationship, death of a loved one, lack of confidence or perhaps a general dissatisfaction with life, for example.  In the therapy sessions, the client can talk about various aspects of his or her life and feelings in a way which is often not possible with friends or family. Counselling and psychotherapy offer the opportunity to explore these feelings so that they can become easier to understand. The counsellor or psychotherapist can help the client to examine in detail the behaviour or situations which are causing difficulty and to look at ways of initiating change.

What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?

The term ‘therapist’ is used to include counsellors and psychotherapists: there is significant overlap between the two in terms of the skills and approaches used. Counselling is often shorter term, sometimes focusing on a specific issue. Psychotherapy is a longer term process, involving a deeper exploration of past experiences in order to make sense of the present, and understand patterns which lead to us to behave or experience life in certain ways.

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