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What is Psychotherapy and what is Counselling?

As a talking therapy, psychotherapy literally means to 'nurse the soul' and occurs when a therapist meets a client in a private and confidential setting on an open-ended basis to explore any difficulties the client is having or any distress they may be experiencing. 

 

This might include anxiety, stress, relationship problems, depression, bereavement, self-esteem issues, anger, loss of direction or simply a general dissatisfaction with life.  

 

Talking freely and openly to a person who neither judges nor offers advice is rarely possible with friends or family.

 

Through attentive listening the therapist comes to see the difficulties from the client's point of view, and with the application of skill and experience, can help them to see things more clearly.  

 

It is a journey of self-discovery in which clients have the opportunity to become more aware of what influences their feelings, thoughts and beliefs and how they affect their relationships with others at home, socially and at work.

 

Psychotherapy facilitates choice and change. It reduces confusion and enables clients to live life in a more empowered and liberated way.

 

Counselling differs from psychotherapy only in that it takes place over a shorter time and for this reason is often focused on a specific issue. Working short term (typically 6 – 12 weeks) can bring about powerful shifts and enable clients to develop a level of awareness which will continue to enhance their lives. 

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