'counselling' vs. 'psychotherapy'
There tends to be some confusion around how counselling is different from psychotherapy. In practice, they are very similar.
I tend to use the term ‘counselling’ if we are focusing on a particular issue that might have recently arisen in your life, or a problem that is very specific, such as coping with bereavement or divorce. Counselling is more likely to be shorter-term – we’ll work towards finding a way through the difficulties triggered by the primary issue, enabling you to successfully cope as you live your life.
Psychotherapy tends to be longer-term as we will be working at greater depth, focusing on chronic patterns of behaving, feeling and thinking. We will be considering who you are – your identity and way of being in the world, how you see things and how you feel. We’ll look at what it means for you to live in a world that can be difficult, painful, sad, scary, confusing and puzzling at times, as well as exploring your personal potential for growth, fulfillment, joy and wonder as you live your life.