Psychotherapy in Exeter

Dr Adrian Harris - counselling, psychotherapy and ecotherapy
What’s the difference between psychotherapy and counselling? They’re sometimes understood as two names for the same process, but it’s useful to tease out some differences. They have different origins: Psychotherapy developed from the psychoanalysis of Freud and Jung, whereas counselling emerged from a broader base, drawing particularly on the Person Centred Approach developed by Carl Rogers. Psychotherapists usually have a more extensive training before qualifying, but that’s a generalisation and it doesn’t mean we’re ‘better’ therapists!

Both psychotherapy and counselling can help with a range of issues including abuse, addiction, anxiety, bereavement, depression and relationship problems. Counselling is typically fairly short term – usually no more than 6 months - and generally focuses on one issue or a closely related group of problems. Psychotherapy tends to be more in-depth and longer term. Clients with problems that are deep rooted or difficult to makes sense of may benefit from psychotherapy. If you’re interested in personal growth or want a space to delve deeply into who you are, then psychotherapy is recommended.

The good news is that you don’t need to choose: As I have an MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy, I can draw on both traditions as required. If you’re interested in finding out more about affordable psychotherapy in central Exeter, get in touch.


"If there is but one force which feeds the root of pain,
it is the refusal to learn beyond this moment".
Clarissa Pinkola Estés.