Counselling or Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapists are trained to look at the whole person, from childhood onwards, and through the various stages of life, and the important people along the way. It is a longer process than counselling, and will generally be a positive experience, revealing insights and perhaps memories from the past, contributing to a feeling of being understood. However, nothing is set in stone – your journey will always be at your own pace and in your own time.

Psychotherapy aims to develop your sense of self, to know who you are and why you behave in a certain way. The therapist will observe patterns of behaviour and how they impact on your life. It will enable you to feel more confident in your relationships with an ability to express your feelings in a more meaningful and constructive way.

Counselling is more ‘in the present,’ looking at immediate difficulties and working through solutions or ways of approaching different problems. We would focus on self-awareness and general feelings of depression or anxiety and their repercussions. Each of these methods can be of benefit. Much will depend on what suits your own personality and inclination.