Counselling is a type of talking therapy that allows a person to talk about their problems and feelings in a confidential and dependable environment.
A counsellor is trained to listen with empathy (by putting themselves in your shoes). They can help you deal with any negative thoughts and feelings you may be having and they can support you to make sense of what is going on for you.
Sometimes the term “counselling” is used to refer to talking therapies in general, but counselling is also a type of therapy in its own right.
Adults, children and couples can all benefit from counselling and it can help support people with a wide range of problems and mental health conditions.
Like counselling, the term “psychotherapy” is sometimes used to refer to talking therapies in general. However, psychotherapy is also a specific type of therapy. It may also be described as psychoanalytic or psychodynamic.
Psychotherapy is a more in-depth form of therapy than counselling, and it can be used to address a wider range of issues.
A psychotherapist can help you explore your thoughts, feelings and beliefs, which may involve discussing past events, such as those from your childhood.
They’ll help you consider how your personality and life experiences influence your current thoughts, feelings, relationships, and behaviour. This understanding should enable you to deal with difficult situations more effectively.
Depending on your problem, psychotherapy can be short or long term. Adults, young people and children can all benefit from psychotherapy.