What is the difference between psychotherapy and counselling?
There are different views among professionals about whether there are any differences between counselling and psychotherapy.
My personal view is that counselling helps you to work out your difficulties and implement changes in your life by attending to the here and now. Psychotherapy explores underlying psychological issues and childhood experiences that may have contributed to your current problems.
There is a vast array of approaches to counselling and psychotherapy; the most traditional ones are:
Person-centred counselling – approaching problems as they are understood in the present.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – setting plans of actions and tasks in order to combat negative thoughts, which lead to depression, anxiety and many other problems
Psychodynamic psychotherapy – works towards understanding how past relationships and events have impacted on your relationships and life choices. The psychodynamic therapist will attend to that which is not spoken in words but is played out in the room; this helps the therapist gain more insight in order to help you at a deeper level – that, which is out of your awareness.