About Counselling and PsychotherapyBoth Counselling and Psychotherapy involve a talking and listening process that helps you to focus on, and understand, the concerns that are troubling you. They may also involve a variety of techniques and approaches that may inolve tapping in to your creative and inventive talents, both apparent or latent,
The difference between counselling and psychotherapy is not always clear, however, and is sometimes controversial. In making a distinction it is important to bear in mind that much of the same ground may be covered in either, and that whichever is appropriate may only become apparent as part of the therapeutic process. In general...........
Counselling can be described as relatively short-term, concentrating on an exploration of difficulties that have arisen though the day to day struggles of life. It may involve a wide range of techniques, including behavioural and goal setting challenges.
Psychotherapy, in contrast, is more likely to reflect longer-term work in the exploration of deep-seated and entrenched anxieties and fears. Often it may be accompanied by cognitive or emotional restructuring or the use of creative expression.
As well as the achievment of a greater sense of awareness and well-being, the aim of both is also to facilitate a greater sense of self-acceptance and choice
For general information on what you can expect from counselling and psychotherapy, please visit the websites of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy. For more particular information on the existential approach visit the website of the Society for Existential Analysis