The Difference Between Counselling and Psychotherapy

Who’s Who?
A psychotherapist is a trained individual who is able to offer a form of counselling to clients. Someone with the same qualifications however, may decide to be called a counsellor instead. Generally a practitioner offering short-term treatment is known as a counsellor. An individual with two or more years of training will opt to be known as a psychotherapists.
To the public the title counsellor appears less intrusive and more easily acceptable than the name psychotherapists suggests. A psychotherapists may therefore call him/herself a counsellor, in order to attract potential clients.
A counsellor will offer a more specialised service of communication that concentrates on providing a structure to the counselling experience. So treatment for addiction, for instance, will be offered in progressive stages over a period of time. A psychotherapists however, will focus on a deeper awareness of emotional issues, and looks at the foundation of the problem.
How to Get Your Expectations Met
Entering into any form of counselling requires a firm commitment on the part of the individual in distress, and open communication. In order to get the most out of the therapy it is best to ensure the correct form of counselling is considered. This starts by choosing to visit the type of therapist who is best skilled in the area you most need to focus on. For instance, a psychotherapists is the ideal person to help you deal with deep-seated problems and issues, whilst an addictions counsellor will help you understand dependency issues.
Psychotherapy will allow you to examine feelings, actions and thoughts and to learn how to evaluate and adjust where appropriate. Counselling however will enable you to explore personal development and to create adjustments to your life. Making a distinction between the two forms of therapy allows a better understanding of the process involved throughout the course of therapy. Both methods of counselling therapy provide people with a way of dealing with change psychologically.
Key Differences
• Helps people identify problems and crises and encourages them to take positive steps to resolve these issues.
• It is the best course of therapeutic treatment for anyone who already has an understanding of wellbeing, and who is also able to resolve problems.
• Counselling is a short-term process that encourages the change of behaviour.
• Helps people with psychological problems that have built up over the course of a long period of time.
• It will help you understand your feelings, thoughts and actions more clearly.
• Psychotherapy is a longer-term process of treatment that identifies emotional issues and the background to problems and difficulties.

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