Alistair McBeath
Counselling and Psychotherapy - What’s the difference?
In general Counselling tends to be shorter-term work and tends to deal with specific issues e.g. work related stress and seeks to find appropriate strategies and solutions to improve the situation in question. I would seek to help you to talk about your situation, to clarify your feelings and to identify improved ways of coping. Often the chance to talk to somebody who is independent from your social circle and who can offer a different perspective is very helpful in determining the best way forward.

Psychotherapy is usually longer-term work where deep-seated issues might not be easily expressed or even fully recognised. Clients may feel very troubled but often struggle to identify why they feel as they do. This is where a trusting therapeutic relationship becomes essential in helping people to untangle often quite complex and painful issues.