Bridget Kelly

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Counselling and Psychotherapy -The Difference

Counselling and Psychotherapy are interchangable therapies that often overlap in a number of ways. The key difference is the treatment time. Although in many ways similar to psychotherapy, counselling is usually a shorter term treatment which tends to deal with more recent and often quite specific difficulties.

Like counselling, psychotherapy is a talking therapy during which thoughts, feelings and behaviour patterns are explored and more healthy coping strategies learned. However psychotherapy is a term which is used to describe a treatment for emotional problems which emanate from the past. It tends to refer to longer-term help that is designed to bring about deeper changes in self-understanding and patterns of relating.