Kerry Maystone
Counselling and Psychotherapy

What is the difference between a psychotherapist and a counsellor?
The difference between the two is often overstated, but generally speaking Counsellors are trained in empathic listening. Through reflective support they help clients cope with difficult issues. Psychotherapists have the full range of counselling skills, and they are also trained in particular techniques aimed at addressing problematic thoughts and/or behaviours. They are able to guide you to explore feelings, helping you to regulate them and reflect on them.The work tends to be at a deeper level and involve looking at the past and at patterns of behaviour that you may wish to change.

Who is counselling or psychotherapy for?
People come to therapy in order to address emotional, personal or relationship problems. Some of these include:

  • anger management
  • anxiety and stress
  • bereavement and loss
  • depression
  • drug and alcohol problems
  • eating disorders
  • lack of self esteem and self worth
  • panic attacks and phobias
  • personality disorders
  • obsessions
  • relationship issues (including abuse)
  • sexuality issues
  • trauma (including childhood trauma)

    What you choose to talk about will be heard in confidence. You will be free to talk safely and without fear of rejection, judgement or blame. As a professional in private practice I am required to discuss my work with a qualified supervisor, in a confidential setting. No information will be disclosed to anyone else without prior notification to you.

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