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.