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Do I need counselling or psychotherapy?

Posted on Tuesday, 24 January 2023, in Treatments & Therapy

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Counselling and psychotherapy are types of mental health treatment that can significantly benefit people experiencing a wide range of emotional and psychological issues. However, for many people, deciding which option is right for them is difficult.

First, it's helpful to understand the difference between counselling and psychotherapy. Counselling typically involves shorter-term treatment and focuses on specific issues, such as coping with a recent loss or addressing a particular problem in a relationship. Psychotherapy, however, is a more long-term treatment that delves deeper into underlying issues and patterns in a person's life. Some signs that you may benefit from counselling or psychotherapy include:

 

  • Feeling sad, anxious, or hopeless for an extended period
  • Experiencing significant changes in your mood or behaviour
  • Having difficulty managing stress or coping with complex life events
  • Feeling disconnected from others or lacking a sense of purpose
  • Experiencing symptoms of a mental health disorder, such as depression or anxiety
  • Feeling overwhelmed by your emotions or unable to cope with them
  • Feeling stuck in patterns of behaviour that are not serving you well

 

We help people decide which option is most suitable by listening to their experiences and considering their symptoms before offering unbiased advice and recommendations.

Ultimately, the decision to seek counselling or psychotherapy is personal, and it's important to consider your own needs and preferences when making this decision. Some people may prefer the more focused, short-term approach of counselling, while others may find that the more in-depth exploration of psychotherapy benefits them.

It's also important to note that seeking counselling or psychotherapy is not a sign of weakness or a failure to cope. It's a brave step towards improving your mental wellbeing and reaching your full potential. It's a proactive measure that can help you to overcome challenges and achieve your goals.

 

Read more about our talking therapies options