What’s the difference?

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.