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What's the difference between counselling, psychotherapy and counselling psychology?

Counsellors, psychotherapists and psychologists have many skills and core knowledge in common. They also work with clients in very similar ways. Your experience of working with any of the three professions might seem the same. All three are trained to allow you to explore your experience more deeply in the attentive and empathic space of therapy. Therapy is not as effective if you do not feel confident to slowly open up to what you find difficult or perhaps even shameful. So, the most important thing is that you trust your therapist and can form a good relationship with him or her. Choosing the right person for you is far more important than deciding on which profession is best.

The loose distinctions between the three professions are: Counsellors are more likely to focus on problems people are facing in the here and now. Psychotherapists have more training on how difficulties arise from personal histories stretching many years back – often to childhood. Counselling psychologists apply psychological learning and research through therapies. Other than counselling psychology, there are many other types of applied psychologies such as occupational psychology, clinical psychology and educational psychology.

I am fully trained as a counsellor and psychotherapist and have professional qualifications for both. I am also currently working towards my doctorate in integrative counselling psychology, which I expect to achieve in 2012.

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