What is Counselling and what is Psychotherapy?

A Psychologist is one who is trained in the science of psychology.

There are many areas of studies among psychologists.
A large number of us conduct psychotherapy.
Clinical psychology, counseling psychology, and psychotherapy are what I engage in.

What is the difference between counseling, psychotherapy, and clinical psychology?

Counseling, is a conversation between a counselor and client. Counseling usually focuses on a specific problem and taking steps to address or solve it by the counselor guiding the client to discover his own answers.
Problems are discussed in the present tense without too much attention on the role of past experience.

Psychotherapy, like counseling, is based on a healing relationship between therapist and client.
Studies have shown that the single most therapeutic factor is the relationship between therapist and client.

Psychotherapy has a longer duration than counseling.
Because unlike counseling which narrows in on individual problems, psychotherapy considers overall patterns, chronic issues, and recurrent feelings.
This requires an openness to exploring the past and its impact on the present.
The aim of psychotherapy is drawing from unconsciousness into consciousness the underlying issues which cause psychological distress. Once insight has been gained it is up to the client with the help of the therapist to move from insight into the changes that will draw him or her out of despair.

Clinical psychology, includes counseling and psychotherapy with clients on a variety of disorders.
Some of which are:

  • depression
  • psychotic disorders
  • bipolar disorders
  • anxiety disorders
  • eating disorders
  • mood disorders
  • addictive behaviors
  • personal and family relationships
  • phobias
  • panic disorder
  • personality disorders
  • adjustment disorders
  • personality disorders
  • existential issues

How do I choose between counseling and psychotherapy?

Do you have a single concern and would like to get some feedback on? Choose counseling.

Have you noticed a pattern of problems or behaviors in your life that seem to be impairing your relationships, your work and your social life? Consider psychotherapy.