Counselling and psychotherapy (both referred to as “therapy”) provide a dedicated and confidential space in which you can explore emotional difficulties, gain some insight into their origins, come to terms with painful experiences and develop capacities to think and behave in new ways. It is a process of understanding, expression, growth and change.
Relationship is key
Research evidence has consistently shown that the most important factor in the success of therapy is the quality of the relationship between client and therapist. That means you need to feel safe, that you trust me to treat what you bring to counselling with sensitivity and without judgement and to work in your best interests. A critical part of the initial phase of therapy is to get to know one another and allow that trust to develop.
The difference between the two
People often ask about the difference between counselling and psychotherapy. Broadly speaking counselling tends to be focussed on specific issues and be shorter term while psychotherapy involves deeper exploration of our psychological make up and so is longer term. But in practice there is a great deal of overlap. Often clients come seeking help with one particular difficulty and the awareness this brings leads them to examine more deeply-entrenched patterns of thinking, feeling and behaviour which underlie all areas of their life.