Psychotherapy is a psychological treatment that can support individuals who experience various mental health conditions and emotional challenges. Psychotherapy can help alleviate negative symptoms, but also help identify root causes of one’s condition enabling healing, growth and personal development.
In my opinion the main difference is what the session looks like. In counselling the counsellor will listen attentively to the difficulties the client is suffering and support the client in discovering how to heal from this. This promotes autonomy and self-growth. Less likely to receive homework tasks within counselling. In psychotherapy the session is more collaborative and pro-active in the things the client will do. These sessions will be goal oriented. You will receive homework tasks in this way of working.
How many sessions will I need?
The number of sessions will vary, however after we have completed an assessment an approximate number of sessions will be discussed with your treatment plan so you can have a rough guide of how long your treatment will be.
The sessions will be 1 hour.
Widely used by the NHS is known to be beneficial for many anxiety disorders such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), phobia’s, general anxiety disorder (GAD) and depression based of faulty perceptions. Usually, short-term therapy and often referred to as the common-sense approach. This form of therapy is structured, and the therapy goals are clear from the beginning. Often involves homework tasks.
This modality can be short or long term. It focuses on facilitating the client to grow to their full potential. The client will be in control of the content and pace of the sessions. effective in helping individuals to overcome specific problems such as depression, anxiety, stress and grief, or other mental health concerns.
This modality is a short-term goal-focused treatment, which focus on assisting individuals in finding solutions to their difficulties rather than focusing on problems. This model instils hope in a positive future-oriented way and work towards the desired behaviour changes to be closer to therapy and life goals.
Although this modality was developed for treating trauma is has been shown to be effective for depression and anxiety disorders. The therapy process will be the same fundamentally with some adaptions depending of what you are suffering with. May often be used in conjunction with other modalities when treating anxiety or depression.