“Counselling and psychotherapy are umbrella terms that cover a range of talking therapies. They are delivered by trained practitioners who work with people over a short or long term to help them bring about effective change or enhance their wellbeing. “ – British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
Although there is no absolute agreed distinction between the two terms, Counselling is generally more likely to be used to refer to shorter term work, perhaps dealing with problems in the here and now, or a specific issue that the client has chosen to focus on. Psychotherapy is more likely to be used to refer to long term, in depth therapy, perhaps with more frequent contact between client and therapist. It may mean looking in greater detail at the past and understanding complex and painful issues that may take many months to unravel.
In contrast, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Solution Focussed Therapy may not address the historical cause of the problem at all – for some clients understanding why things are the way they are is less important than developing practical strategies for changing things now and in the future.
As an integrative, client-centred therapist I can work in all these different ways, the most important thing for me being what the client wants to do. I value all the different ways of working therapeutically and do not believe any are superior or more effective than any other. My core belief is in the individuality of people, and that you, the client, know best what you feel comfortable with. Together we can use what works for you.