Q:  What is the difference between Counselling and Psychotherapy?

A:  These terms are often used interchangeably.  However, the word counselling is often used to describe therapy which is shorter term and more focused, dealing with a particular subject or problem whereas the word psychotherapy or therapy is often used to refer  longer term work, which might also be more in depth.

Q:  How do I know who is the right therapist for me?

A:  The relationship between the client and the therapist is extremely important.  The client must feel that they will be able to trust the counsellor, feel understood by them and feel that the therapist is someone they can talk to. In order that they find someone with whom they feel safe and so that they have a choice some people visit a couple of counsellors for an initial meeting. 

Q:  I’ve heard that CBT is more effective than Psychodynamic Counselling.  Is this correct?

A:  There is very little evidence that CBT is more effective than Psychodynamic Counselling.  Psychodynamic practitioners make use of CBT techniques in the course of their work.