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Find a therapist: Counsellor or Psychotherapist?

First things first, the term ‘therapist’ can be confusing. It tends to be used as a blanket term for someone who offers some form of therapy - mental health or otherwise - and shouldn’t be confused with terms like Counsellor or Psychotherapist; these describe the type of therapy the therapist offers. It is really difficult to clearly categorise the differences between the two - below is my sense of how they differ, although you may like to do some of your own reading to add to my descriptions.

What is Counselling?

  • Helps you to identify problems and encourages you to take positive steps to resolve issues

  • Usually a short term process that encourages a change of behaviour

What is Psychotherapy?


  • Helps you to explore the history of your problems and get to the root of what is troubling you

  • Usually a long term process that encourages emotional changes

Psychotherapeutic Counselling

  • Offers a mix of the benefits of counselling and psychotherapy

  • Can be short or long term and focuses on behavioural changes whilst encouraging some emotional exploration



If you are still confused about whether you would like to see a counsellor, psychotherapist or psychotherapeutic counsellor, there are other factors that you might find more helpful to guide you. Why not consider their approach to therapy? Read more about the types of therapy here.

You are also welcome to email me if you'd like to explore working together. My email address is info@elsieowen.com