Suite 10, The Old Monastery,
Windhill, Bishops Stortford,
Hertfordshire, CM23 2ND
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I often get asked to explain and describe the differences between a counsellor and a psychotherapist? The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapists (BACP) state that on completion of training students can either be known as counsellors and or psychotherapist. The BACP states “Counselling and psychotherapy are umbrella terms that cover a range of talking therapies. They are delivered by trained practitioners who work with people over a short or long term to help them bring about effective change or enhance their wellbeing” Most people in my view are probably more familiar with the term counsellor. I use both.
Please be aware that the term counsellor can be and is used loosely and mistakenly by some people in professions who have had some basic training in using counselling listening skills. A counsellor and or a psychotherapist is a fully qualified professional who abides by and adheres to the code of practice, ethics and principles of their professional counselling governing body, in my case the BACP.
The BACP also have strict confidentiality policies in place which I and all the other counsellors that work for Finding You at Bishops Stortford East Herts abide by and adhere to. All of our counsellors also abide by and adhere to the stringent supervision policies set out by the BACP to ensure that all of our counsellors work in their clients best interest at all times. Please be aware! Unfortunately, there is no law/legislation in place to stop those who are unqualified calling themselves counsellors and setting up private counselling practices. It is therefore very important that you ensure that the counsellor that you choose is qualified to work with you.
How do I find a qualified counsellor and or psychotherapist in my area? If you have access to the internet, I propose that an internet search on one of the search engines would be a very good place to start to look for a qualified counsellor and or psychotherapist in your area.
When looking for a counsellor you will have to consider how far you are prepared to travel and how you propose to get there.
Finding You is located in Bishops Stortford East Herts because it has good public transport links for those who choose to travel to us by bus and or train. And there is a ample Car Parking for those who come by car. (see contact page for map and directions) As said above a qualified counsellor will have a professional counselling governing body which they will belong to, all professional counselling bodies have a website. Members should be listed and known by the organizations that they are affiliated to.
Another good way to look for a qualified counsellor and or psychotherapist in your area is to go on to the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists website (BACP)The BACP will only allow professionally qualified counsellors and or psychotherapists to be registered on this site. Hit find therapist, type in your town and or post code and type in how far you are prepared to travel and you will be provided with a list of professionally qualified therapists in your area, secure in the knowledge that each and every one are members of the BACP
Author Karen Brewster MBACP BA Hons. Founder of Finding You www.findingyou.co.uk