Counselling and psychotherapy are umbrella terms that cover a range of talking therapies delivered by trained practitioners who work collaboratively with people over a short or long period of time to help them improve their sense of wellbeing through self understanding and, if desired, to bring about change.
The counsellor is an impartial professional, able to listen without judgement, recognise and accept the validity of a each person’s subjective experience. He or she should be able to express warmth and empathy to assist you to talk openly about your feelings and emotions and to enable a respectful working relationship to develop.
Counselling can help you to explore underlying issues, develop greater understanding and acceptance of yourself and others, and to find your own solutions in the supportive framework of an empowering collaborative relationship.
There is some overlap between coaching and counselling.
Read about the benefits of counselling and coaching here.