Counselling vs Therapy

Counselling vs Therapy

These two words are often presented together as if they are one and the same. Depending on your background and understanding, they can be seen as interchangeable and synonymous with one another. For our purposes we will define each and present it to you to decide which is most appropriate to your specifics needs.

Therapy or Psychotherapy works towards the treatment of a mental health issue such as depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder and is often sought in conjunction with medication or medical supports. Therapy is often in-depth and focuses on resolving issues by identifying and looking for root causes. While issues such as anger and sadness certainly warrant therapy, it is often past trauma and attachment issues that precipitate the effects.
Counselling is often seen as present, here and now wellness oriented support. The focus is on the development of strategies and techniques that can be of benefit in coping or minimizing the impact the issues are having on a person. For example, you find yourself “stuck” and unable to move past your ambivalence. You feel unmotivated and depressed. Counsellors will provide education and insight into how and what the possibilities are.

Both are effective and often psychotherapists provide both counselling and therapy. Different techniques and modalities and used to best connect and support clients so it is important to understand the knowledge, skills and experience when interviewing a perspective therapist.
Therapeutic rapport and feeling comfortable with your therapist is as important as their skills and understanding of your issue(s). Take your time and ask questions that allow you to find the right match.


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