WHAT IS COUNSELLING
In general counselling’s focus is on helping you with what you are experiencing right now, such as depression or anxiety.
Counselling is often what is called ‘time-limited’ or ‘short-term’. In other words, you decide with your therapist during the first meeting how many sessions you will work together, which can be anywhere from 12 to 24 weeks or more. Because it’s shorter term, counselling can be quite structured, with an agenda laid out in advance.
The issues that counselling most often deals with are the things a client is currently feeling stressed by, whether that is the challenges they are facing on a daily basis at home or work or its a traumatic circumstance such as a breakup, divorce, or bereavement. Counselling can also help with things like confidence issuesand addictions.
Counselling can be done not just as an individual but also as a couple, family, or group.
WHAT IS PSYCHOTHERAPY?
Like counselling, psychotherapy describes different talking therapies where you share what is troubling you and are listened to and supported in finding ways forward. Psychotherapy, too, looks at your behavioural patterns that are causing you distress in your daily life.
But psychotherapy also works to help you have a deep understanding of your emotions by looking at your past. It questions how what you experienced as a child and young adult affected you in ways that might still be causing you issues now.
Psychotherapy aims to find the very roots and beginnings of your issues and challenges, not just how to manage them now.
Some sorts of psychotherapy also dive very deeply into exploration of self, looking at questions of identity and beliefs.
While counselling might have you asking, what can I do and change to feel better, psychotherapy might also find you asking, who am I? How did I become this person? And who do I really want to be, deep down?
Psychotherapy tends to be long-term, which can mean anything from six months to several years.
WHAT IS COACHING
Coaching entails the partnering of a coach with a client in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential”
A helping and collaborative relationship formed between a client and a coach who uses a wide variety of creative techniques and methods to assist the client to achieve a mutually identified set of goals, to improve their professional performance and personal/life satisfaction, and consequently to improve the effectiveness of the client’s life within a formally defined coaching agreement.
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