Counselling and Psychotherapy carried out by Rosie WhetstoneHannah Walker and Kathy Montgomery

In the UK, there isn't a clear demarcation between counselling and psychotherapy, as training and practice for the two are very similar. 

Both counselling and psychotherapy are talking therapy, where you share what is troubling you, are listened to and supported in finding a way forward. Both look at behavioural patterns that impact your life.

Psychotherapy also looks at your past to see how you were as a child or young adult may impact you today. Counselling tends to focus on present issues over past issues. 

Psychotherapy tends to be longer term - meaning 6 months to several years of therapy. Counselling tends to be shorter term in focus. 

Ask your therapist about their training and their theoretical approach and most importantly, find a therapist who suits your needs