The difference between ‘Counselling’ and ‘Psychotherapy’ generally refers to short-term consultation while psychotherapy typically refers to longer-term treatment. ‘Short-term’ and ‘Longer-term’ always equates to the depth that both approaches explore.
Counselling typically deals with present issues that are easily resolved on the conscious level whereas psychotherapy intensively and extensively examines other aspects of your life, such as childhood-development, influences, relationships, etc.
Many people want support, however they do not want to look back into their past. To be able to reach closure or recovery, revisiting past events can be unavoidable and necessary, however Dave Wells believes that it is imperative that the person informs the therapist when, and if, they are ready, rather than the therapist dictating their need to know. A therapist will always challenge different sensitive areas of your life, but at a time that you are safe to do so.
Dave Wells has professional experience in ‘psychotherapy’ and ‘counselling’ and finds that the two approaches complement each. Some people will be having a difficulty with a particular ‘phase of their life’ and require support to be able to move through it, and for others it will be a recurring pattern that requires a longer duration of support.
Counselling and Psychotherapy Support for a person will be delivered from three main approaches:
‘Behavioural Therapies’ focus on cognition’s and behaviours, and are based on the way people think (cognitive) and/or behave. These therapies recognise that it is possible to change, or recondition, our thoughts or behaviours to overcome specific problems.
‘Psychoanalytical and Psycho-dynamic Therapies’ focus on the unconscious relationship patterns, thoughts and perceptions that have evolved from childhood, and how these affect current behaviour and thoughts.
‘Humanistic Therapies’ focus on self-development, growth and responsibility. These therapies seek to help individuals recognise their strengths, creativity and choice in the here and now. Often Humanistic Therapies are a combination of approaches.
I offer support from both Integrative and Eclectic therapy approaches:
- ‘Integrative therapy’ is a blend of specific techniques of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
- ‘Eclectic therapy’combines elements of several different therapeutic models which are listed under ‘Counselling and Psychotherapy’ on the home page.