Counselling as a type of therapy

  There are obviously many different types of therapy.  Counselling and psychotherapy are therapies which involve talking, usually one-to-one but sometimes in a group, with a trained therapist.  There is no legal definition of counselling or psychotherapy, and no clear distinction between them. This is why it is important to choose a therapist who is registered with a membership body accredited by the Professional Standards Authority; then you can be certain he or she properly qualified and insured to practise. How long will I need counselling? This is very much a 'piece of string’ question. Therapy can be short-term, to get you through a rough patch such as the breakdown of a relationship or a grievance at work; or it can be long-term, for example to deal with a traumatic incident or experience, either recent or in the distant past. The effect of trauma Few people get through life without some sort of traumatic experience, such as the death of a relative or friend, or...
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