Fiona Millican MA,   AdvDipExPsych,   MBACP

 Counsellor & Psychotherapist in Croydon & Central London


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About therapy

Talking to a therapist about your thoughts and feelings when you are distressed by difficult events or are troubled by something can help you to work out what is bothering you. It can also provide a time and space to explore new possibilities, which in turn may lead you to make positive changes in your life.

Is there a difference between counselling and psychotherapy?
Counselling and psychotherapy are both 'talking' therapies. Many people use the terms interchangeably, and they are often considered to overlap in a number of ways: counselling can be used as part of the psychotherapy process, and a counsellor may sometimes work with clients psychotherapeutically.

I tend to think that the key difference between these two therapies is in the length of time that you come to therapy.

Counselling often refers to a relatively brief period of time, when you might see a therapist for 6 to 12 sessions, perhaps during a difficult time in your life. You may also seek counselling to focus on a particular issue that is bothering you. For many clients, a brief period of counselling may be all that is required.

A psychotherapist might work with you for a longer (perhaps open-ended) period of time, exploring the foundations of emotional problems and difficulties. Through this process you may develop greater self-awareness, and come to understand your feelings, thoughts, and actions more clearly.

For example, a client might come to counselling for support following the break-up of a relationship. Through counselling, he or she may then begin to discover similar patterns of being in previous relationships. A longer period of psychotherapy would help the client explore in greater depth his or her way of being in relationships and better understand potential difficulties in the future.

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