0414 734 840
The Darling Street Practice,
Level 1, 215 Darling Street,
Balmain NSW 2041
Psychotherapy and counselling are different processes which often overlap. Psychotherapy involves a deeper process of change and is most appropriate when there are long-standing patterns, often originating in childhood, that get in the way of leading a fulfilling life.
The awareness gained in psychotherapy provides the opportunity to manage emotions and change old patterns of behaviour. As one's life begins to make more sense and new ways of being and relating develop, the symptoms of depression and anxiety resolve. A stronger sense of self develops and people become confident to live more positively.
Some of the symptoms that may lead a person to seek psychotherapy include depression and anxiety, post-traumatic stress, grief and loss, relationship difficulties and problematic behaviours such as addictions.
Counselling is useful for people who need practical advice and skills to cope with difficult relationships or situations. It can be combined with the deeper exploration of psychotherapy depending on what the person needs at the time. If stress or symptoms are mainly related to a specific situation then practical advice and learning better skills of coping or communicating can be effective. Examples are adjusting to changes in one's life such as leaving home, seeking work, recovering from illness or managing retirement.
Counselling is generally more short-term and focused or may also be combined with coaching or training.