What is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is a treatment which aims to alleviate psychological distress through exploring your feelings, thoughts, behaviours and experiences, in a safe environment.  It helps people to understand their difficulties and, as a result, change the way they feel, think and behave both towards themselves and in their relationships with others.  There are a range of different types of Psychotherapy, which can be conducted in several ways, for example, on a 1:1 basis, as part of a couple or in a group.  Please see our Individual Therapy page to see the types of Psychotherapy that we offer at County Durham Therapy.

County Durham Therapists are all qualified and have received specialist training in Psychotherapy for individuals, couples and groups.

What's the difference between a Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Psychologist or Psychiatrist?

A Counsellor has specific training in therapeutic theory and skills as well as clinical experience of face-to-face Counselling. Counsellors typically conduct short and medium term work.

A Psychotherapist is also trained in therapeutic skills and theory.  They have undergone their own personal therapy and generally work in greater depth.  As a result, Psychotherapy may be medium to long-term.

A Counselling/Clinical Psychologist applies psychology to working collaboratively with people across a diverse range of human problems and have had a broad range of psychotherapy training. They will hold a degree in Psychology and a Doctorate in Counselling/Clinical Psychology.

A Psychiatrist is a medically trained professional who offers diagnostic evaluation and a treatment program of drugs or psychological therapy.

County Durham Therapy consists of expert Counselling Psychologists, Clinical Psychologists, Psychotherapists and Psychiatrists.

Why is it important to check if my therapist is accredited?

Seeing an accredited therapist assures you that the therapist is safe, well trained and approved by a reputable body. Accredited individuals have achieved a substantial level of training and experience that is required by these organisations. 

All County Durham Therapists are accredited with one or more of the organisations listed at the bottom of each page of our website.