Most counsellors would agree that when they see a client for the first session they quickly see what they would benefit from. They can see the change that would greatly improve their lives and make them happier. Seeing problems and their solutions in others is not particularly difficult. All of us can spot what we can’t so easily see in ourselves.
The terms psychotherapy and counselling are both used to mean a talking therapy for treating emotional and psychological issues without drugs. The words are often used to mean the same thing and the terms at times become interchangeable. Psychotherapy can have a very generalized meaning. For example reading a book or taking a walk can be “therapeutic” as it can reduce stress and anxiety. It could be considered a form of psychotherapy. Also “Psychotherapist” could be a description of anyone who provides therapy to help with emotional problems. These terms however have a more specific meaning that is important to be aware of.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy or CBT is a mode of psychotherapy that can help with a number of conditions including depression and anxiety. It is a talking therapy and is popular with the NHS as it can bring about good results with a short number of sessions, making it a cost effective therapy. It aims to help cope with problems by bringing them into consciousness that is it brings thoughts and beliefs to the forefront of the mind in order that they can be better understood. The issues and the full impact and consequences they have on peoples lives can then be seen more clearly.