Psychotherapy & Counselling

There is much debate about the differences between counselling and psychotherapy. Both involve the therapist being there to serve the needs of the client by being respectful and attentive and by using their skills and experience for the client’s benefit. The objective is to help the client move from the difficulties that brought them into therapy to being able to cope better in the situation that they are in, or even to resolve their problems satisfactorily.

The therapeutic work is bound by professional codes of ethics related to practice and is confidential. It can only be discussed in the psychotherapist’s or counsellor’s supervision of her work.

One of the features of psychotherapy training is that it is generally longer and more demanding than counselling training. It will require the psychotherapist to undergo psychotherapy to uncover any aspects of herself and her own lived experience that may resonate with her clients’ issues. Most psychotherapists will also spend some time on placement in a mental health setting and have experience of working with clients with personality problems. 

I have trained as a counsellor and as a psychotherapist and call myself a psychotherapist but I do not mind if clients refer to their work with me as counselling. I have over thirty years’ experience of working with individuals, couples and groups and I draw on all my trainings in my work.