What’s the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?
There is no agreed set of definitions. The way I differentiate them is this:
In counselling we focus primarily on working together to find present-day solutions to present-day problems. Often this is short-term work, ranging from 6 weeks to 6 months or so.
In psychotherapy we will also explore how past experiences have shaped you, and within the safety of a supportive relationship, discover new ways of being and relating. This process evolves and deepens over time – psychotherapy usually takes longer than 6 months. Sometimes people who want to make far-reaching and lasting changes decide to continue in psychotherapy for a longer period of time.