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About psychotherapy

Psychotherapy and psychotherapeutic counselling are talking therapies used to treat emotional problems and mental health issues. In addition to talking to a trained psychotherapist, psychotherapy can use a range of methods including art, music, drama and movement.

We ensure our members are qualified to the highest standard to provide safe, expert talking therapy to help people with emotional or social issues, or mental health problems such as depression, anxiety and schizophrenia.

How can psychotherapy benefit me?

Sessions with a trained psychotherapist offer an environment in which you can express your feelings and gain a deeper insight into the issues you are facing. Psychotherapy sessions are confidential, so you can talk about things you might not feel comfortable discussing with anyone else. The aim is to help you find better ways to cope, or to bring about changes in the way you think and behave that will improve your mental and emotional wellbeing.

Psychotherapy sessions are often one-to-one, with a partner or family members. Some psychotherapists specialise in providing psychotherapy for adolescents and children. You can find a therapist near you by using our Find a Therapist tool.

How many sessions will I have?

Psychotherapy can be short or long term. The number of sessions will depend on you, your therapist, the type of therapy and the depth and complexity of the issues you want to resolve. It is unusual for therapy to last for less than six sessions, and some types of therapy may last for two years or more.

Psychotherapeutic counselling

As its name suggests, psychotherapeutic counselling is a type of counselling that draws from theories and approaches used in psychotherapy. Its emphasis on the therapeutic relationship between the counsellor and the client differentiates it from most other types of counselling.