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What is the difference between counselling and therapy?

Counselling, or 'therapy' as it is commonly known, falls under the umbrella term ‘talking therapies.’ The term can mean different things to different people, but in general, it is a process people seek when they want to change something in their lives, or simply explore their thoughts and feelings in more depth.
Therapy allows people to discuss their problems and any difficult feelings they encounter with a trained therapist listening to them and helping them find ways to deal with emotional issues.

Talking therapy can help with:

  • Difficult life events such as bereavement or redundancy
  • Relationship problems
  • Events from your past that still cause you distress – consciously or unconsciously
  • Difficult feelings such as anger, shame or low self-esteem
  • Mental health problems
  • Some long-term physical health conditions

There are many different approaches when it comes to therapy. Therapists may train in one approach or use a number of different methods. Some use specialist techniques – for example, an art therapist would use art to help you explore your feelings. Others offer specialist treatment for specific issues such as addictions or eating disorders.

The most important thing is the relationship you have with your therapist. Trusting them and feeling comfortable opening up means you will get the most from your sessions, no matter what approach they use.

Therapy is a journey, and it takes time and consistency to work effectively.

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