Counselling or Psychotherapy, what is the difference?
Counselling can help you understand the way you're feeling, gain a better understanding of this, and recognise new ways of coping. It also gives the opportunity to talk about things in a safe, non-judgemental space, where you decide what changes work for you.
As an integrative therapist, working in the private & public sector, I have at my core a Person Centred Approach, which means sessions are led by you, the client, but can also include other approaches which might be useful such as elements of CBT and TA.
Counselling is usually short term help, whilst Psychotherapy is a longer working relationship, in which the therapist may use psychological tools to help the client explore the background to problems that are severe, or issues that may have their roots in past experiences such as childhood.
Person Centred Therapy or client led therapy sees the client as the expert of their own issues. C
Integrative therapy or counselling is when the therapist combines specific elements of different approaches to create a bespoke service for clients. The needs of each individual client are therefore considered as a whole and techniques/approaches tailored to their personal circumstances. (This is done however with the client's permission).
* Choosing a therapist or counsellor can be quite a difficult task but as a start you can look at the following sites for additional advice: