What is psychotherapy and psychotherapeutic counselling?

Psychotherapy and psychotherapeutic counselling are talking therapies. They are used to treat emotional problems and mental health issues. As well as talking, the therapy could use a range of methods including art, music, drama and movement.

How can psychotherapy benefit me?


A trained psychotherapist can offer an environment in which you can:
• express your feelings
• gain a deeper insight into the issues you face.

Psychotherapy sessions are confidential. This means that you can talk about long-standing problems, things you might not feel be able to discuss with anyone else. However this can take time, in which the therapist will aim to help you gain a better understanding of the issues that are troubling you and find better ways to cope, or bring about changes in the way you think and behave to improve your mental and emotional wellbeing.

Psychotherapy sessions can be
• one-to-one
• include a partner or family members
• in a group.

How many sessions will I have?

Psychotherapy can be short, or long term. The number of sessions will depend on you, your therapist, the type of therapy and the depth and complexity of the issues you want to resolve. It is usual for therapy to last for twelve sessions. Some types of therapy may last for two years or more.

Psychotherapeutic counselling

As its name suggests, psychotherapeutic counselling is a type of counselling that draws from theories and approaches used in psychotherapy. The emphasis is on the therapeutic relationship between the counsellor and the client. This differentiates it from most other types of counselling.