What is the Difference?

There are many types of ‘talking therapies’ and this can cause a lot of confusion.
Very broadly, counselling is weekly and time-limited usually with a focus on a particular issue which is causing distress.
Psychotherapy might be weekly or more frequent. It involves working more deeply on issues which may be recurrent or long-standing. Psychotherapy takes a very broad view and explores many aspects of a difficulty. It is likely to be open-ended and is often more frequent to allow for greater containment and continuity.

What is Analytic Psychotherapy?

Analytic psychotherapy involves exploring how a person may be unconsciously re-enacting past experiences in their daily lives which may be causing difficulties for them. It is based on the belief that the unconscious can cause us to behave in certain ways that we do not understand.
The therapy provides a space in which the patient can hopefully explore and reflect on his or her thoughts, feelings and dreams with the therapist who is trained to make sense of these. The relationship with the therapist will also be used to gain greater understanding of a person's particular ways of relating with a view to effecting deep-seated change.

How long will it take?

Counselling or psychotherapy involves working with your therapist to discover what is best for you. This can vary enormously. For some, a few sessions of counselling are in order. Others find a commitment to a longer therapy gives them the space they need for exploration and reflection.
A talking relationship hopefully allows options to be discussed.