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What is Counselling and Psychotherapy?
Counselling and Psychotherapy are talking therapys. This means that you and your therapist talk your problems through together. The role of the therapist is to help you see situations from a different perspective and to be curious about what you are experiencing. You are able to express and discuss your feelings, emotions and thoughts with your therapist in order to gain a greater understanding of what is causing you distress. From this, it can be possible to create change that will alleviate the distress and help you to feel better.
There are many different techniques available to the Counsellor and Psychotherapist, including using music, dance, art and play. I mainly use one-on-one talking sessions which can lend itself very well to online therapy as well as face to face therapy. I am qualified as an Integrative Counsellor and a Psychotherapist.
Counselling skills and Psychotherapy skills can be very similar. Both are talking therapies and a Psychotherapist will use counselling skills, just as a Counsellor may use some psychotherapy skills. Counselling skills tends to be relatively short term and mainly encourages taking positive steps towards changing behaviour whereas psychotherapy can be more in-depth and looks towards identifying the cause of emotions and behaviours in order to bring about change through understanding. Counselling and Psychotherapy skills can also look at how you and your therapist relate to one another. This is called the psychotherapeutic relationship and can often provide remarkable insight into how you relate to others and how you see yourself.
Everyone can benefit from counselling and psychotherapy. They can be used to create lasting change and understanding for people of all ages, cultures and religions.