What is Counselling, Psychotherapy, Psychology and CBT?
Counselling, Psychotherapy, Psychology and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) are umbrella terms that cover a range of talking therapies. They are delivered by trained practitioners who work with people to help them bring about effective change or enhance their wellbeing. The therapist will do their best to help you to look at your issues, and to identify the right course of action for you, either to help you resolve your difficulties or help you find ways of coping.
Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Psychologists, Counselling Psychologists, and Cognitive Behaviour Therapists offer talking therapies to help individuals, couples, families and groups overcome a range of psychological and emotional issues. Therapists have undergone different trainings and have had different experiences, so offer a number of approaches according to the theoretical models they adopt or the therapy they practice. The therapists role is to help deal with, and alleviate, distress in an individual.
It is difficult to define what a talking therapy is, as the experience is often unique for every individual, but the beauty of it is that you are offered a safe space with a trained person to talk through your issues. Even if you have a supportive network it can be difficult to share any difficulties with someone you care about through not wishing to upset them.
Therapists can help with a wide range of issues, for example; anxiety, depression, bereavement, relationship difficulties and life changes. They offer different techniques to match your need which can include; hypno-psychotherapy; cognitive behavioural therapies; psychoanalytic and psychodynamic therapies; humanistic and integrative psychotherapies; systemic therapies and compassion focused therapy.
Therapists work in confidential settings, offer empathy and respect whilst working with you to find out your needs. Building a trusting therapeutic relationship is core to all talking therapies and your therapist will be happy to answer any queries you have about the process.