Psychotherapy and counselling are terms that are often used interchangeably. Psychotherapy is the general term used to refer to 'talk therapy' with a trained professional and can be carried out by clinical psychologists, individuals who have specifically trained in a specialist branch of psychotherapy, or counsellors, who have general training as a helping professional but do not typically carry out specialist assessments to inform their work with clients. In all cases, professional clinical psychologists, psychotherapists, and cousnellors alike, all should provide support services in a safe and neutral environment where one can explore any issue(s) that may be prominent in your life. We work to ensure top ethical standards are in play with every member of our team as each is a professionally qualified practitioner, is a member of a professional organisation relevant to their country of origin, maintains regular CPD and receives ongoing supervision for their practice. Many simply refer to all practitioners as 'therapists'.
All therapists should be educated to at least Masters level with a relevant degree in counselling or a specific psychotherapeutice approach, and maintain professional membership with a relevant organisation. There are very few regulatory systems in the world for psychotherapists and counsellors so these minimum standards are important.
What can I do with a Psychotherapist or Counsellor?
Psychotherapy and counselling are practces that are suitable for a range of enquires, but not all counsellors will be trained to support queries that are more clinically based, such as chronic depression, alcohol or drug dependence, schizophrenia, and similar. It can be helpful to have some understanding of which particular theoretical orientation your therapist may take, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT, emotional focused therapy (EFT), motivational interviewing (MI), etc, but if you do not, you can ask what type of therapy they provide to ensure you can get the most out of any work that you do together.
Typically, therapists provide support any of the following concerns, but soe may specialise so it important to query what each therapist specialises in before commencing any course of support.
Chronic Health Management
Social Skills Training
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