What is psychotherapy?
The term ‘psychotherapy’ is used to describe a range of talking therapies. You share what is worrying you, and are listened to in a way that helps you understand yourself and your situation better.
The aim of psychotherapy is to help you deal more effectively with your past and present challenges and make decisions for your future that enhance your wellbeing. Therapy sessions can be done as an individual or as a couple.
Types of psychotherapy include:
- Integrative psychotherapy (a blend of approaches)
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Psychodynamic psychotherapy
- Existential psychotherapy
- Schema therapy
Is psychotherapy the same as counselling?
The terms are used interchangeably in the UK, and a person with a psychotherapy certification may, for example, call themselves a counsellor. Although it can be said that psychotherapy is the more likely of the two to be long-term and in-depth, the real difference is simply your therapist’s chosen training.