Counselling and other short-term psychological therapies (such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, CBT) offer time-limited, problem focused therapeutic work for people who are people who are emotionally troubled. The focus of such work may be about coping with a significant life event, a problem at work or a specific anxiety. Sessions are typically weekly and may vary from between 5 to 12 sessions. Counselling and short-term psychological therapies help to identify problem areas, set targets and work toward achieving goals. They may also include elements of a personal coaching relationship, where goal-oriented task management can be a focus.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy is a longer term process, more suited to resolving enduring emotional problems or life patterns. Therapy is about developing a deeper understanding of the roots of emotional pain or confusion. This happens when it is possible to build a relationship with a therapist based on trust and reliability. Therapy may also be suitable for people looking for a way to develop their potential to the full. The focus of therapy includes establishing links between the past and the present in order to make sense of existing life patterns. Finding a psychotherapist suited to you and your individual needs is a key factor in achieving successful and stable change.