«In my experience, psychotherapy is:

  • space to explore your problems in complete confidentiality

  • time to make meaningful changes in your life

  • an opportunity to come into your own.»

What are the main differences between counselling and psychotherapy?

Broadly speaking, counselling helps to approach and solve specific problems in a concrete way and often lasts from 6 to 24 sessions; psychotherapy (or therapy) is an in-depth, longer treatment and is required to address issues that can be deep-seated and far-ranging in their effects.

Counselling focuses on support and targeted solutions. Therapy focuses on the ‘big picture’ and helps the person change in a meaningful and sustainable way.

What does counselling help with?

I have found that people choose counselling to work through issues such as:

  • Redundancy
  • Work-related stress
  • Bereavement
  • Management of emotions
  • Divorce, separation and punctual relationship problems
  • Some psychosexual issues
  • Depression following a life event

These problems have in common, that they seem to be caused by a set of personal circumstances or a recent event. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list.

In which cases is psychotherapy more appropriate?

Psychotherapy is more appropriate for issues such as:

  • Generalised anxiety
  • Addiction and substance misuse
  • Childhood-related problems
  • Ongoing difficulties in creating and maintaining relationships
  • Most psychosexual issues
  • Management of emotions
  • Chronic depression
  • Chronic illness

What these issues have in common is that they seem to have “been around” for some time. You may have experienced them as low-grade symptoms.

What sort of outcomes can be expected from counselling and psychotherapy?

Achieving positive outcomes depends on:

  • our ability to work together. It is one of the goals of the initial consultation to work this out.
  • the nature and severity of the issue(s) that motivate you to seek help
  • the appropriate length and regularity of treatment for the isue(s) you want to address

I have witnessed many positive outcomes such as:

  • decreased or manageable anxiety
  • improved and more stable mood
  • increased self-confidence
  • improved performance in the workplace, including leadership
  • better management of substances, with lasting recoveries from addiction
  • Increased self-awareness
  • improved ability to manage emotions
  • improved ability to be in fulfilling relationships

Generally, clients who have sought me for counselling have been successful in tackling their most pressing problems. People who engage in longer-term psychotherapy have a greater opportunity to grow as people and to build a capacity to address life’s challenges and make meaning of them.