What is Counselling and Psychotherapy?

Counselling and Psychotherapy are talking therapies. Both are interchangeable therapies that overlap however the key difference lies in the recommended time required to see benefits. Counselling usually refers to brief therapy and centres around behaviour patterns. Counselling may also be sought following an incident that has evoked confusion or distress. Psychotherapy focuses on working with clients for a longer term and draws from insight into emotional problems and difficulties.

A psychotherapist works with people who have emotional, behavioural or psychological issues. There are many different types of psychotherapeutic techniques and psychotherapists may use a combination of techniques to help their clients to overcome their stress, emotional difficulties and troublesome habits and to help them gain an increased capacity for choice.

Working on a long or short term basis with an experienced therapist can support and assist you with overcoming a wide range of issues such as anxiety (general, health or social), depression, sleep difficulties, eating disorders, grief and loss, trauma and stress. Counselling and psychotherapy are suitable for people of all ages and some therapists specialise in couples therapy and working with young children.

Coaching and Well being Consultancy

It may be that you have a number of areas in your life that you are struggling with and that you would like to make positive changes. Sometimes it is difficult to know where to start, especially if you are facing challenges at home and at work. We all need a sanctuary, a safe place to go to and reflect, in order for us to work out which is the best way forward.

Talking your concerns through with an independent professional can help you to gain clarity around your situation and can support you in establishing an action plan. Recognising your strengths and options can be empowering and clients have shared that having the support of a coach enables them to identify internal resources that they have previously overlooked, gain confidence, has assisted them in tackling difficult issues and has helped them to achieve positive, healthy outcomes.

Coaching and wellbeing consultancy differ to counselling and psychotherapy as your coach will make constructive suggestions and focus on strategies and solutions. These approaches work particularly well if you are seeking guidance around health and wellbeing support such as weight management, improved fitness or anxiety management or for individuals who are struggling with issues at work that may be impacting on their health, job satisfaction or career progression. Whilst itis vital that your coach fully understands the impact that a situation is having on you the emphasis is on what can be done to improve the situation, reduce symptoms and feelings of unhappiness and dissatisfaction, rather than focussing purely on feelings and emotions. 

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