Counselling versus psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is more long-term than counselling and focuses on a broader range of issues. Depending on the specific type of psychotherapy being used, the goal is to help people feel better equipped to manage stresses, understand patterns in their behaviour that may interfere with reaching personal goals, have more satisfying relationships, and better regulate their thinking and emotional responses to stressful situations. Psychotherapy also addresses ways in which the mental illnesses affects their daily life, focuses on how to best understand the illness and manage its symptoms and follow medical recommendations. 

Counselling focuses on specific issues and is designed to help a person address a particular problem, such as stress management. The focus may be on problem solving or on learning specific techniques for coping with or avoiding problem areas. Counselling is also usually more short-term than psychotherapy.

A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in preventing, diagnosing, and treating mental illness.  A psychiatrist can prescribe medicatio.

A psychologist has a doctoral degree (PhD, PsyD, or EdD) in psychology, which is the study of the mind and behaviours. Licensed psychologists are qualified to do counselling and psychotherapy, perform psychological testing, and provide treatment for mental disorders. They are not, though, medical doctors and cannot write prescriptions.

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Although the terms counselling and therapy are often used interchangeably, there is a difference between psychotherapy and psychological counselling.  As I am trained in both it makes me adaptable to work with either short term or long term clients.  The decision isn’t a commitment that needs to be made, either initially or throughout the therapy.   I work intiutively and therfore the theorital approach can change and adapt according to the client’s needs.  Often, after a course of intense psychotherapy clients like to return every so often just for a check in, and find it helpful to make sure they are still living their authentic self. 


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