Counselling and Psychotherapy are types of talking therapy. The terms are often used interchangeably. A therapist may call themselves a Counsellor, Psychotherapist or both depending on their training and experience. Counselling/Psychotherapy is not advice giving.
There are many different types of counselling but the main approaches are Humanistic, Psychodynamic and Behavioural. Depending on the presenting issue a therapist may use different theoretical models within these approaches.
Humanistic Counselling focuses on the individual as a whole, it can be used to help self-development and self-acceptance to achieve your best potential.
Psychodynamic Counselling focuses on how past events may be impacting how we deal with current issues. The therapist will work with any unconscious processes, and may discuss your childhood or any other significant relationships or events from your past and how these may have shaped how you respond to things now.
Behavioural Counselling focuses on current behaviours that are problematic and may include techniques to change patterns of behaviours or thought processes.
Counselling can be beneficial when you're struggling with something that is emotionally difficult to deal with.
Counselling can also help if you have reached a transitional point or you're dealing with change. It can help you find a way of managing what is happening and help to support you as you move forward in a new direction. Counselling can offer a safe, neutral, non-judgemental space for you to explore and work through your issues.
Counselling is most effective when there is a commitment to the process.
Once you have decided you would like some support it can be helpful to think about what you may want to get from therapy.
It may be that you want someone to listen or you may have some goals that you would like to achieve.
Remember that it's your therapy and you can choose the type of therapist you would like to work with.
Sometimes just knowing that you need support is the important first step in making some changes.
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