Most people, from time to time, experience difficulties and painful events in their lives. They may be dealing with a particular crisis or life transition, struggling to cope with relationship difficulties, or experiencing general feelings of unhappiness and confusion.
Counsellors and psychotherapists aim to build a supportive relationship with their clients and to provide a safe space where problems and difficult experiences may be explored, with the aim of alleviating distress and promoting personal growth. There are few clear distinctions between counselling and psychotherapy, although the term counselling may be used to describe short-term work which is focussed on a specific issue or problem, whilst psychotherapy often refers to a longer-term process which gradually unfolds and aims to deal with deeper, underlying issues.
Practitioners differ in the way they work as their approach will be informed by various theoretical models; a full description of the different approaches can be found on the BACP website: www.itsgoodtotalk.org.uk and on the Counselling Directory website www.counselling-directory.org.uk.
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