What are counselling and psychotherapy?
Many people experience times in their lives when they are stressed, anxious or depressed and need to seek additional support. Counselling and psychotherapy are talking therapies which provide an opportunity for you to discuss your difficulties, gain insight and awareness into current and past issues and overcome these by developing the tools for a better life and future.

What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?
The terms can be used interchangeably. “Counselling and psychotherapy are services sought by clients to help them resolve emotional, psychological and relationship issues within a context of confidentiality and clear ethical boundaries using interventions to foster long-term recovery, increased resilience and wellbeing. BACP sees no evidence of any difference between the functions of counselling and psychotherapy” (BACP Website).

How will counselling help you?

Counselling will help you to gain a better understanding of yourself and find the resources to make changes and live a more fulfilling life. It can lead to greater self-awareness, healthier, happier relationships, feelings of personal empowerment and positive self-esteem and self-confidence. Sometimes it’s easier to talk to someone independent than to relatives or friends. A counsellor will provide you with a safe and confidential space to talk, cry, shout or think without being judged and it may feel like the first time you have really been heard. It’s an opportunity to look at your problems in a different way with someone who’ll respect and encourage your views, opinions and decisions and through the development of a trusting and supportive relationship you will have the opportunity to explore your feelings, ways of thinking and patterns of behaviour in order to develop, heal and grow.

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