The terms Counselling and Psychotherapy can be used interchangeably and often are used to describe the same thing, I often use the term 'therapy'. Both aim to offer a deeply affirming and accepting space, where safety can be found, providing the opportunity for growth and a new way of being. A space to work through current difficulties you are experiencing.
The term Counselling is used here to describe Short term work of between 6 - 12 sessions. This work usually focuses on offering support and perhaps strategies whilst individuals experience difficulties relating to a specific issue. The number of sessions can sometimes be altered based on the individuals best interest.
Counselling provides the opportunity for individuals to explore their issues and difficulties in a confidential and safe setting. As with my approach to Integrative psychotherapy I use a synthesis of different approaches blending them based on certain core principles. Integrative Counselling can be used as an effective time limited, focused therapy where attention can be given to more immediate issues such as a 'life event' for example.
The term Psychotherapy is used here to describe a process of psychological growth in far greater depth and enables the client to develop a more effective and fulfilling sense of self. Early in life, when aspects of our personality aren't supported as children, patterns of thinking, feeling and behaviour are formed and can become fixed in ways that are not always helpful to us, restricting our choice and our freedom.
The process can be about healing the wounds of early abuse or neglect and requires a commitment to longer-term work.