What is counselling and psychotherapy?

Counselling and psychotherapy are often considered to be interchangeable therapies that overlap in a number of ways. Counselling can be offered as part of the psychotherapy process; whereas a counsellor may work with clients in a psychotherapeutic manner.

The key difference between the therapeutic approaches lies in the recommended time required to see benefits. Counselling usually refers to a brief treatment that centres around a current difficulty, but sometimes this process can uncover some previously unknown difficulties which are contributing to current difficulties. Generally, psychotherapy focuses on working for longer-term and draws from insight into emotional problems and difficulties and tends to explore past experiences or events that may be contributing to present day problems.

Counselling and psychotherapy are collaborative, supportive processes which provide an opportunity to explore any difficulties you may be experiencing in a safe and confidential setting.  A counsellor will not make any judgements about you, they will have no expectations of you but will help you to gain intellectual and emotional insight into your situation. Such insights can bring clarity, understanding and relief with a renewed sense of direction.

Counselling & Psychotherapy can help to address issues such as:

  • depression
  • anxiety / stress
  • self-harm
  • ill health
  • low self esteem
  • anger, bullying and abuse
  • phobias and OCD
  • family issues
  • relationship problems
  • work-related issues
  • bereavement and loss
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)