People often want to know the difference between counselling and psychotherapy.  It can be difficult to give a clear answer to this question since both are concerned with peoples’ emotional well-being and are ways of supporting you through psychological distress and/or times of change in life.  Both involve talking to someone about yourself, helping you find a way to your own answers.   


Generally, while counselling might be considered to be shorter term and concerned with current issues or specific problems in life, it can indeed also lead to and involve in-depth exploration of life’s issues over a longer time frame.  Psychotherapy tends towards the longer term and, as well as being concerned with current issues, will also be interested in how things may have developed, exploring what underlies the way we are.


Another question people sometimes ask is how they should find the “right” counsellor or psychotherapist for them.  Again there is no easy answer to this and you may want to see one or two different practitioners to help you make a choice.  Generally, though, it can be helpful to find someone you feel comfortable enough to be with.  Research has shown that a good rapport between the client and practitioner is one of the defining factors for a positive outcome.


People come to counselling and psychotherapy with many different issues.  These may include some difficult feelings or feelings of inner conflict, anxiety, stress or fear or maybe feelings of inadequacy, self doubt and low self-esteem or struggles with illness or depression.   There may be problems in relationships or with work or family or struggles to cope with the loss or death of someone.   You will be supported with these difficulties and helped to find your own answers.