Christine Murray Counselling, Psychotherapy and Supervision in Beckenham BR3

Why counselling or psychotherapy?

People seek counselling or psychotherapy for many reasons, which include:

  • long standing difficulties in personal, family or social relationships
  • a loss or bereavement
  • having experienced a traumatic event
  • stress at work, or in a role as parent or carer
  • a major life change or transitional period
  • health related issues
  • noticing feelings of panic or anxiety
  • feeling depressed or that something ‘isn’t right’

  • You may have long standing relationship or personal issues that, despite your best efforts, seem to hinder you. You might find familiar, unhelpful patterns repeating themselves, or that a sudden loss, a bereavement or change has "thrown things up in the air" and left you unsettled. Feelings of depression, anxiety or "stuckness" may persist.

    Talking to an independent, trained professional may be the first step in making positive changes.

    What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?

    There is no commonly agreed distinction. Counselling tends to be shorter term, focused work. Psychotherapy may be more 'in depth' work, perhaps to help with longer standing difficulties. Psychotherapy trainings are usually post graduate trainings of 4-5 years. They require trainees to have personal psychotherapy throughout their course, as well as undertaking 500 hours of supervised client work, and a psychiatric placement, to gain UKCP registration. However, some experienced counsellors, who have completed subsequent trainings, may work in a similar way. When looking for a counsellor or psychotherapist, it is important to choose someone with whom you feel at ease, and to think about:

  • their qualifications
  • the length and depth of their training
  • their experience
  • professional registrations
  • their ethical framework
  • their personal qualities and approach
  • any questions you would like to ask

  • More information about counselling and psychotherapy can be found at

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