There are many similarities between counselling and psychotherapy, both offer the possibility of self discovery and the opportunity to take responsibility for our lives and our decisions. It is from an informed place that we can choose to do things differently and to enhance and enrich our lives.
Counselling aims to help people resolve their “here and now” problem, sharing thoughts and feelings which are sometimes difficult to express and are locked inside us. Psychotherapy includes these things but can involve a much deeper exploration of ourselves and our personality. This can enable clients to change decisions made early in childhood, and unhelpful or unwanted patterns in their life. Ordinary everyday issues can be helped by using counselling, whilst deeper, long term problems usually require psychotherapy.
Counselling or Psychotherapy
Different people use the words counselling and psychotherapy in different ways, so there is no commonly agreed definition. However, there is a general understanding that a psychotherapist can work with a wider range of clients and can offer more in-depth work where appropriate.