Counselling and Psychotherapy Practitioners work together with their clients through difficult life circumstances. Issues may include depression, self-esteem, anxiety, grief and loss, communication and relationships, work and career, stress, life transitions, parenting, spirituality, and difficulties caused by addictions, trauma and abuse. Counselling and psychotherapy take a wholistic approach by including the mind, body, emotions, behaviours, relationships, family dynamics and spirituality.

Counselling addresses particular issues or concerns that an individual, couple or family are experiencing and is often short term therapy. The counsellor will focus on the feelings and reactions experienced, and will assist the client in developing his or her own resources in order to safely and effectively find a way of moving forward.

Psychotherapy is generally a long term process that focuses on the self – both conscious and unconscious. Issues of personal meaning, relationship to self, and the impact of past events and trauma are dealt with. The psychotherapist works with the client to gain a deeper level of self-understanding in order to overcome core issues that underlie persistent or recurring problems in the client’s life.

While counselling and psychotherapy may be viewed as being on a continuum, there can also be considerable overlap between these two approaches.

Through the processes of counselling or psychotherapy clients are assisted in gaining insight, to become aware of choices they did not initially recognise, to find more effective ways of relating, and to develop personal resources and healthy resilience.