Counselling and psychotherapy are similar in approach; counselling is generally concerned with working through events or issues that come up in the course of life. It is often more concerned with resolving issues that are of a more conscious nature. It is useful when there are things that need to be talked through in a sensitive, compassionate and non-judgemental way.
Psychotherapy is more concerned with getting under the surface of the problems or issues; it is concerned with characterological transformation. People often come for psychotherapy when they are ‘stuck’ in a familiar pattern of thinking, feeling or behaviour. It is particularly useful for the person who sees (or doesn’t see) what is troubling them, but in either case doesn’t know what to do to about it. Psychotherapy is useful when the client has no idea what is the cause of their problems; psychotherapy can work as an exploratory process where the person gains new insight.
Both counselling and psychotherapy start with an honest conversation about why you have come for therapy.
Counselling is usually short term for a fixed number of sessions, psychotherapy is open ended. A good therapeutic outcome will always depend on the quality of the relationship between therapist and client. The fundamental premise is that you have all the resources to move your situation forward; the role of the therapist is to support you in that process.
The framework is about genuine human-to-human connection – the therapist no longer hiding behind the role of the ‘counsellor’. You will be met with honesty, you will be respected, you will be empowered, and you will be supported in realising an ever-deepening connection to yourself through the difficult stages of your life.