Are counselling and psychotherapy different?

What’s the difference between counselling & psychotherapy?

These terms are today sometimes used interchangeably. However, counselling can be thought of as more short-term and a very practical approach to achieving personal or professional goals. It can be more behaviourally orientated. Some issues respond very well to a brief approach. For example, “I want to be able to ask my boss about holiday entitlement but in the past I have either got tearful or angry” appears to be more straight forward and would be likely to respond to counselling.

Psychotherapy on the other hand, is more in-depth and looks at underlying issues which affect the reasons that you do things. It is often more loosely focused. For example, I’m unhappy and I’m not really sure why and don’t know how to move forwards” is an example of an issue where it would probably take more time to get to the root of the issue and sort it.

At Reflexions Counselling and Psychotherapy we offer both counselling and psychotherapy in our central location in Newcastle upon Tyne. The choice really depends on the treatment plan which is usually put in place following the first session. This therapeutic plan is then modified over time, depending on your goals. Many people stop when they have reached their agreed goal, whilst some then go on to explore deeper issues.