When we are in a place of not coping as well as we would like, we could talk to partners and friends, but at times like this, most of us don’t. Seeing a counsellor or psychotherapist gives you the chance to share the problem with someone who can provide a caring and safe environment in which to explore your options.
Counselling and psychotherapy can also assist at other times. For example when you want to make a change; stretch yourself; resolve a problem; challenge your thinking; find peace in your life. Seeking help from a counsellor or psychotherapist is not a sign of weakness or an admission of failure. It’s actually the opposite. It’s a sign that you have the strength and good sense to get help when you most need it.
And you might need to see a number of therapists before finding the one that is right for you. And that is okay too!
I have outlined what I believe to be the essential difference between counselling and psychotherapy on the next drop-down menu.