What is the difference between Counselling and Psychotherapy?

Counselling tends to be time-limited and is suitable for people who want to deal with something specific e.g. bereavement or panic attacks. Being able to talk about experiences and share the burden with someone who is not a family member or a friend, can provide a great deal of relief in many situations.

In Counselling, space is given for you to express feelings, develop coping strategies and explore your choices for moving forwards. Sometimes this can mean working in a structured and goal-orientated way.

The intention is that you can emerge feeling refreshed and clearer about your options for moving forwards, and, hopefully, happier with your life.

Psychotherapy tends to be on-going and takes place over a longer time period. It is suitable for people who wish to look at several issues at once, considering their life more broadly. It is particularly suitable for those who experience recurring issues, such as relationship problems, emotional difficulties, repetitive behaviour patterns, and for those who experienced childhood difficulties.

In Psychotherapy, the work can feel more fluid and exploratory, and we will work with whatever arises in a session.

The intention is that you will develop more self-awareness, a deeper sense of who you are and a greater ability to act effectively in the world.  And also that you can come to feel happier, more hopeful and more able to enjoy your life. 


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