What Happens In Psychotherapy and Counselling
Your therapy session will take place online using Zoom. We are now a 100% online practice and will remain so in the future.
Therapy itself will take the form of a conversation. It differs from a conversation with a family member or friend in a number of ways.
Whatever you’re going through in life, your therapist is not directly involved in the way your friends and relatives are. So you are free to talk openly with your therapist.
The conversation is confidential. So you can say what you really think without worrying about hurting anyone’s feelings.
Also, the conversation with your therapist will hopefully be one that turns out to be useful for you in your life.
We will be able to mark your progress through therapy in a number of ways. From session to session you will be able to see how much progress you are making.
The goal of therapy is to find out how you want life to be different and then gently talk together to help you be living the life you want.
There can be tears and that’s okay. But overall, it is usually a joyful and uplifting experience.
What Is The Difference Between Psychotherapy and Counselling
These days, the terms are often used interchangeably. If you watched a psychotherapist at work and then watched a counsellor at work, chances are you’d see little difference in what they are doing.
Many people have different ways of characterising the differences. Others argue that there is no difference at all anymore.
But here’s a possible way to think of it.
Some people come to therapy because they want to change.
Others come to therapy because they want to be supported while they get through a difficult situation.
A rough rule of thumb is that change work involves psychotherapy, and support work involves counselling.
Psychotherapists have also been trained in psychological theories that counsellors are not necessarily trained in.
The good thing for you is that your therapist at The Liverpool Psychotherapy Practice is both a psychotherapist and a counsellor.
So you needn’t worry about picking the right one for you, because you will have both. Your therapist will work with you in the way that you need.