Psychotherapy is an approach for dealing with psychological problems that may affect daily functioning and potential for living a healthy and happy life.

If you are seeking personal growth, for example, in terms of developing your self awareness, understanding yourself better, improving your confidence or perhaps developing clarity in your life, psychotherapy may be something to consider.

Psychotherapy may be especially helpful if you are suffering from a deeply rooted emotional or psychological problem, such as a mood, anxiety, eating or personality disorder. If you have been diagnosed with a more severe psychological illness, such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, psychotherapy can work, in conjunction with your medication, to help you to better understand and manage your life.

Psychotherapy v Counselling

Most people have an idea of what counselling is about but usually have less idea about psychotherapy. This is hardly surprising since there is disagreement between practitioners with some saying there is no difference and others insisting that there is.

For me, there is considerable overlap between counseling and psychotherapy both in terms of the issues that might be addressed and the approaches that might be utilised. However, I do believe there a number of fundamental differences such as:

  • in general, psychotherapy tends to address more deep-seated problems which may have their roots in very early childhood experiences
  • psychotherapy tends to take longer and client commitment to regular sessions is therefore important
  • the training of a psychotherapist typically takes longer than that of a counsellor and a psychotherapist will normally have been in therapy themselves for several years as a requirement of their training
  • a psychotherapist will work with any transference between client and therapist whereas a counsellor is less likely to do so

You do not have to worry about choosing between counselling or psychotherapy. I will be able to advise on what approach is right for you, and my reasons, based on your presenting problem. So, why not call me for an informal chat or send an e.mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ?

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