The two titles are largely interchangeable although some people say that counselling is shorter term and can help with specific problems for example stress at work. Whereas psychotherapy is longer term and can explore how your past contributes to the difficulties you are experiencing now.
Therapy is always confidential but subject to law and ethical practice. The exceptions to this are if a serious or life-threatening risk to yourself or others is discussed, any act of terrorism or terrorist acts, money laundering or drug trafficking. Please refer to the BACP website for further information if needed.
This will be determined by the nature of the problem and can range from a couple of months to in some cases a few years. Usually, at the beginning of therapy, you will be offered a review after about six weeks to ensure you are getting what you need from therapy. It is also important to ask questions if you are unsure about anything.
The therapy process is a very individual experience and unique to the people involved. By having a safe non-judgemental environment in which to explore your feelings you will be able to begin to process them and to gain a deeper insight into the issues you face and their origins.