Mental health issues can have a profound impact on our thoughts, feelings and behaviours. These may range from daily worries and stressors, to serious long-term problems that require treatment and in some cases, professional support, to manage effectively.
We all have mental health, and what causes us worry and affects our daily lives may vary between each of us.
What's important is that the right information is provided, and that none of us are alone in our journey. Support is available - it's a case of finding what works best for you, whether that be self-help, professional guidance or medical treatment.
Below you will find some of the therapists that work from Northern Integrative Health Practice here in Sacriston. You can find our more information on the individual therapists by clicking on their profile photos. To book an appointment, please contact therapists directly.
Counselling & Psychotherapy
The terms “counsellor” and “psychotherapist” are often used interchangeably and have many similarities, but there are some important differences too.
In general, counselling is recommended for specific issues and situations, such as addiction or grief, and takes place over weeks to several months.
Psychotherapy, in contrast, tends to explore past issues that may be contributing to present day problems, and often takes place continually or intermittently over a period of years.
Similarities between counselling and psychotherapy include:
- Developing a healing, safe, and therapeutic relationship
- Effectiveness for a wide range of people, both adults and children
- Understanding feelings and behaviors, and addressing issues with the goal of improving a person’s life
However, understanding some of the differences between counselling and psychotherapy may be helpful in choosing the type of therapy that will be most effective for you as an individual.
Counselling involves two people working together to solve a problem.
In the context of mental health, counselling is generally used to denote a relatively brief treatment that is focused primarily on behaviour. It often targets a particular symptom or problematic situation and offers suggestions and advice for dealing with it.
In this setting, the counsellor offers guidance and support as the individual figures out ways to better manage life and adjust to change or adversity.
There are many types of counsellors, such as marriage and family therapists, grief counsellors, addiction and substance abuse counsellors, and more.
Psychotherapy on the other hand is generally a longer-term treatment that focuses more on gaining insight into chronic physical and emotional problems.
A psychotherapist will focus is on the individual’s thought processes, and how these may be influenced by past events such that they cause problems in the present.
In other words, psychotherapy addresses the root cause and core issues of current problems so that lasting change and personal growth may occur.
There are several different types of therapy that fall under the general heading of psychotherapy, including approaches such as cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, psychoanalytic psychotherapy, and much more.
How to choose between a Counsellor and Psychotherapist
When choosing a therapist, it’s helpful to learn about the differences noted above, as well as the background of specific providers and the approaches they use. Sometimes the choice will come down to personal preferences, access, or insurance coverage.
The most important step, however, is to find a therapist you can trust. In fact, the level of trust a person has in their mental health care practitioner plays the greatest role in whether the therapy will be successful or not.
You may actually need to talk with a provider or visit for a few appointments before you know which type of therapy is best for you. For example, with some situations it can be difficult to know if it is a short term, a limited problem you are facing, or if instead there are events or situations in your past that are leading to the current problem.
Whatever title the professional chooses to use, you can rest assured that they are all appropriately trained, qualified and here to offer help and support when you need it.
Take your time reading their profiles and give them a call for a quick chat or initial consultation, and you’ll soon find someone that you’ll feel at ease with.