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What is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is a general term for a psychological based treatment between a professional who is trained and a client who may be an individual, a couple or a family. In the past, psychotherapy used to differ from counselling in terms of qualification, but the distinction seems to be blurred recently. The consensus seems to be that counselling is more suited to people who already have a sense of well being but who need help with day to day issues, whereas psychotherapy delves into more deep rooted psychological problems and issues.

Psychotherapy is usually confidential, and allows the client to discover and get a better understanding of their feelings, issues and conditions. It is also a process that can only work if the client trusts their therapists and develop a good relationship with them.

In the UK, there are several regulatory bodies that ensure good practice:

The United Kingdom of Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
The British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC)

Most psychotherapies involve talking and conversations. Some examples of psychotherapies are CBT, DBT, psychodynamic and humanistic therapies.

If you:

  • feel that you have underlying issues that need resolving

  • feel that you have had some kind of trauma or painful experience

  • have had a difficult childhood or relationship with others

  • feel that you may benefit from speaking to someone who may help you discover your thoughts and feelings

please contact your GP who may refer you to more specialised services.

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