What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?
In practice there is a lot of overlap between the two. However, counselling tends to be shorter term issue-based work, while psychotherapy can be a much longer working relationship that develops and changes over time.
Psychotherapy allows you more time to explore the influences of your past experience and behaviour on how you live and experience yourself in the present. Often, learning to accept yourself as you are now is an important step in freeing yourself to grow beyond what you previously thought possible.
Training in psychotherapy is usually longer, and more strongly emphasises personal as well as professional development. Spectrum’s training is experiential and I bring to my practice the experience of hundreds of hours of personal work in individual therapy, workshops and ongoing groups. I believe this is a solid foundation from which I can empathically support others, no matter how long we work together.
In both counselling and psychotherapy, we go beyond understanding your current problem and look more at how you can experiment with new ways of shaping yourself and create new possibilities for the future.
Humanistic Psychotherapy and Counselling in Stroud and Cheltenham