What is the difference between psychotherapy and counselling?
There is significant overlap in the meanings of the terms “psychotherapy” and “counselling”. Both refer to a relationship in which an individual seeks help with difficult experiences. Counselling generally refers to a relatively short-term relationship (from a few weeks to a few months), which is focused on helping you to cope with current life challenges, such as a recent bereavement. Psychotherapy generally entails longer-term therapy (from a few months to several years), which includes exploration of more deep-seated and complex issues. I offer both counselling and psychotherapy, depending on your individual needs and goals. Sometimes clients initially attend for counselling in relation to a current issue, and then decide that they could also benefit from longer-term psychotherapy. This is something we will discuss if it arises for you.
How should I choose a psychotherapist or counsellor?
It is important to choose someone who has completed a professional training course in psychotherapy and/or counselling, and is an accredited/registered member of one of the relevant professional bodies, such as the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP), the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI), or the Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (IAHIP). A trusting relationship between therapist and client is essential for therapy to be successful, so it’s equally important to choose someone that you feel you can trust and work with.