Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS COUNSELLING? WHAT IS PSYCHOTHERAPY? Psychotherapy is a broad term used to describe talking therapies, including counselling. Psychotherapists and counsellors provide support for those looking for help with a range of mental health and emotional issues. The difference between counselling and psychotherapy has been open to ongoing debate. It is argues, for instance, that counselling tends to focus on shorter-term work and aims to respond to problems at the time of the crisis, whilst psychotherapy focuses on longer-term psychological problems. However, this is not universally agreed and in practice there are blurred lines between how practitioners work. The most important thing is that you choose the right individual for you. How you connect with the practitioner you choose is likely to determine how successful the treatment will be. It is also helpful to have a little knowledge on the different approaches on offer. For instance, some therapies involve looking at past relationships and experiences to make sense of them whilst others involve looking at the 'here and now'.