What’s the difference between Counselling and Psychotherapy?

Differentiating between Counselling and Psychotherapy is particularly useful when understanding which therapy will be best suited to you.

It will be helpful to think of Counselling and Psychotherapy as being at either ends of a scale.  At one end is Brief Counselling which deals with a specific problem, and at the other end is the intense Psychotherapy which deals with deep-rooted problems.

Although Counselling and Psychotherapy both involve talking to someone who is trained to listen, Counselling is primarily a talking therapy which allows individuals to deal with specific present day life issues, whereas Psychotherapy deals with ‘deeper’ issues, and most commonly with past experiences that may still be causing distress

However, a major factor that usually determines a therapy’s success will not be determined by technique alone, but with the relationship with a counsellor or psychotherapist. How people connect with people is just as likely to determine the real success of treatment.

Sean Turner MBACP (Accred), UKRCP

T: 01768 210965 – E: imago.therapy@btinternet.com

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