Jungian analyst & Trauma Therapist

Dr Lara Lagutina, London SE16


    Counselling, psychotherapy or analysis?


The differences between these are related to the length, depth and focus of the work that is usually offered. Thus, psychotherapists usually offer a wider spectrum of treatment ranging from short-term work focused on issues most relevant to the client at present (e.g a particular work-related or relationship issue) to long-term treatment aiming at deeper personality changes, whereas counsellors, particularly those working in the voluntary sector, tend to offer shorter-term involvement, often with a specific focus.


However, this is not always as clearcut and what is probably more important is the particular approach your chosen counsellor or psychotherapist works within, such as psychodynamic, client-centred, cognitive-behavioural or integrative as well as the client categories they work with, i.e. children, adults, couples and families, etc.

Analysis differs from therapy mainly by the frequency of sessions. It is the most intensive approach of the three and for this reason can offer a better holding, more space and a greater sense of safety, which allows the analytic couple to go deeper and address the early roots of the difficulties and relational patterns. Some people in analysis prefer to work on the couch rather than the chair.