Therapy, a definition...

The service offered on this website is defined as ‘therapy’ because both disciplines of counselling and psychotherapy are used, depending on what is needed and negotiated between the person and the practitioner.

BACP (see LINKS) considers both counselling and psychotherapy to be equal in value and as yet there are no agreed distinctions between these two. Two practitioners could be working in the same way but depending on the terminology used in their respective trainings for example, one could consider themselves a counsellor and the other a psychotherapist. A ‘counsellor’ might say they are working ‘psychotherapeutically’ with someone when exploration deepens. A ‘psychotherapist’ on the other hand might concentrate on a pressing everyday problem like communication, without the need to refer the person to a ‘counsellor’. In reality both ‘counsellors’ and ‘psychotherapists’ work with life and mental health.

For safe practice, organisations like BACP have set ethical frameworks for their members to adhere to. This is why it’s important to check your therapist’s membership and registration so that if you needed to make a complaint, your voice would be heard and you’d be taken seriously.

Short-term or long-term?

The length of therapy normally depends on factors such as what you’re looking for, your personality, the therapist’s training, and of course your budget.

Short-term or brief therapy is typically around 4 to 12 sessions. It is focused work with regular reviewing. Universities and doctors’ surgeries are among places in the UK that provide this type of service.

The advantage of short-term therapy is that the focus is clear and the work is managed in bite-size chunks. Once clarified and reality-checked, goals are achievable.

Long-term therapy (several months to several years) is offered by many practitioners to people who want to deal with issues in some depth. An advantage of long-term therapy is that it allows a greater space for exploration and a more profound understanding of oneself and others, with the therapist’s support.

Both short-term and long-term therapies are available, but there’s no need to commit to either. People normally work out what suits them best over the first few sessions.

If you want to know more please click the top buttons, or click here if you wish to use the confidential online or face to face therapy service.




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