Counselling & Psychotherapy

The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy defines Counselling and Psychotherapy as follows:

“Counselling and Psychotherapy are umbrella terms that cover a range of talking therapies. They are delivered by trained practitioners who work with people over a long or short term to help them bring about effective change and enhance their wellbeing”.

Counselling and Psychotherapy are often considered to be interchangeable therapies that overlap in a number of ways. Counselling, in specific situations may be offered as part of the psychotherapeutic process; whereas a counsellor may work with a client in a psychotherapeutic manner.

Both offer you a safe confidential place to talk about anything that might be confusing or uncomfortable. It allows you to talk with someone who is trained to listen attentively, make no judgement, and help you to move towards understanding, acceptance and resolution.

Difference between Counselling and Psychotherapy


  • Helps people identify problems and crises and encourages them to take positive steps to resolve these issues.
  • It is the best course of therapeutic treatment for anyone who already has an understanding of wellbeing, and who is also able to resolve problems
  • Counselling is generally a short term process that encourages the change of behaviour.
  • Counselling is generally an exclusively talking therapy where the client has the opportunity to speak about the issues that concern them and through doing so with a counsellor may gain new understanding and access their own understanding and resolution.

How many sessions might I need?

Typically, six to twelve sessions are required to enable the resolution of a particular issue. Longer term sessions can extend beyond this time frame and provide an opportunity to work through difficulties. To get the most from your counselling sessions you should aim to make them consistent.


  • Helps people with psychological problems that have built up over a long period of time.
  • It will help you understand your feelings, thoughts and actions more clearly.
  • Psychotherapy is a longer-term process of treatment that identifies emotional issues and the background to problems and difficulties.
  • Psychotherapy provides the chance to speak openly and confidentially about whatever is on your mind to someone who is trained to listen in a way that can help you recognise the sources of present difficulties, which may be rooted in the past.
  • It allows a person to reflect and reach a deeper understanding of their difficulties, making links with their past and how these links may signify a need to change for the future.
  • This process can be seen as a journey of self discovery, enabling the person to develop a broader perspective on their life and to find greater fulfilment. 

How many sessions might I need?

You will meet with your therapist regularly, usually once a week, over a period of months or sometimes even years.

Counselling & Psychotherapy can help with:

Effects of domestic violence
Issues relating to sexual abuse
Life changing events such as redundancy
Panic attack
Poor self esteem
Relationship issues
Sexual problems
Suicidal thoughts

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Pat Truman de Reimers

Pat Truman de Reimers