Counselling or Psychotherapy

The words counselling and psychotherapy, (along with talking therapy and therapy) tend to be used interchangeably, but there may be some small differences.

Psychotherapy focuses on how a person feels and often on their past experiences. Psychotherapy can help with understanding of deep-rooted issues, such as anxiety, trauma, depression, personality disorders, or specific mental health problems. A course of Psychotherapy would usually be a longer-term process than counselling and go into much more depth. There are different techniques in psychotherapy, such as person-centred, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and psychodynamic therapy.

Counselling is also a type of talking therapy which is helpful for specific problems such as bereavement, stress and relationship difficulties. It is often a shorter-term process than psychotherapy but still involves guidance, or support. Various professionals, such as counsellors, social workers, psychologists and psychotherapists can provide effective counselling.

Talking therapy is generally used as a term to cover both counselling and psychotherapy, as well as other therapy types involving talking about your feelings, emotions and thoughts to a trained professional. Talk therapy can be highly beneficial for a range of mental health related issues.

Therapy is also a generally used term that can refer to any treatment that improves someone's health and well-being.

Psychotherapy or counselling
Psychotherapy or counselling
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