Counselling or Psychotherapy ?
Both counselling and psychotherapy are based on a healing relationship between the therapist and the client. Generally, counselling refers to short-term treatment whilst psychotherapy is longer-term treatment. Although they have similar meanings with some overlap, there are distinctions between the two to keep in mind when seeking a mental health specialist.
Counselling sometimes referred to as ‘talk therapy’, typically deals with present issues that are easily resolved and focuses on enhancing people’s capacity to cope with specific life challenges such as relationship endings, bereavement, and anxiety. Seeing a counsellor helps people resolve crises, reduce distress, develop goals for change and improve their wellbeing. Problems brought to sessions are discussed in the present-tense, with not too much attention being placed on past experiences. The Counselor guides the client to discover their own answers and support them through the actions that they choose to take.
Counselling also assists with problem solving and developing inner resources to move on with life in meaningful ways.
Psychotherapy focuses to a greater extent on achieving change in the personality or self by examining intensively and extensively the individual’s psychological history. Psychotherapy benefits those who notice that the nature of their personal difficulties is repetitive, and similar issues arise time and again in different contexts and relationships. This type of therapy considers overall patterns, chronic issues, and recurrent feelings, rather than narrowing in on individual problems. The aim is to resolve the underlying issues that fuel the ongoing issues. A psychotherapist helps in resolving past experiences as part of creating the basis for a rich and meaningful life.
Psychotherapy helps people achieve better self-understanding and change long-standing patterns of behaviour that may be disrupting relationships, work and study. Psychotherapy is often long term. Aspects of problem solving are integrated into a deeply structural and affective approach that treats symptoms in the context of the whole person.
The most important factor when choosing is not whether you need counselling or psychotherapy, but about finding the right qualified and endorsed therapist with whom you have a connection with. Research shows that this is the most important factor in successful outcomes.
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