Psychotherapy and Counselling

img_0944Psychotherapy  and Counselling

how are they different?

Psychotherapy is a longer process which addresses on long-term issues and unhelpful beliefs, behaviours and feelings that limit personal potential and fulfilment.

Counselling is usually short term, 8 to 12 sessions. It generally focuses on a current issue or area of difficulty.

Humanistic Therapy:

  • respects the uniqueness of every individual
  • values the whole person – emotionally, spiritually, intellectually and physically
  • works to integrate and balance these four vital human attributes
  • believes everyone can realise their full potential
  • supports individuals to become autonomous and responsible
  • emphasises the use and value of the therapeutic relationship
  • provides a safe, accepting and confidential space to ‘be’  

people who seek therapy may be:

  •  going through a life crisis or major change.
  • dealing with loss and grief.
  • experiencing emotional challenges.
  • facing trauma or serious illness.
  • exploring personal growth and fulfilment.
  • seeking greater life satisfaction.

Accessing counselling or psychotherapy is a healthful choice. It is for everyone across the life span. Age is no barrier to personal change and fulfilment.

Who am I?

Aileen Whiteford

My qualifications are

MSc. (Advanced Education),           Diploma Humanistic Therapy

Diploma Transactional Analysis Counselling and Psychotherapy

I am a qualified and experienced therapist with many years in independent practice. My professional background was nursing and teaching in the field of mental health.

The therapy approach I use is founded in the Humanistic Psychology tradition and utilises ideas and methods from Transactional Analysis.

I am registered with the Institute of Transactional Analysis (ITA) and practice according to their code of ethics and professional standards. ITA is a member organisation of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy.


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