What is the difference between Counselling/Psychotherapy?

There are subtle differences between Counselling & Psychotherapy. Linguistically, * they are used interchangeably. However, in practical terms there is a subtle difference. Technically Counselling is more of a partnership which helps the client solve their problems. With great listening skills the counsellor can hear the unspoken word and can provide a new insight on the problem at hand and the thinking process of the client. With psychotherapy however, it is more of a long term plan with the client using various solution based methods to aid the client gain valuable insight in to the workings of their thoughts and emotions. Sometimes the therapist may switch between the two depending on what will help the client. There are many theories such as working “Psychodynamically”, looking into the past of the client and more specifically into how their childhood may have affected their present thoughts and feelings, or Person Centred whereby the therapist will listen and aid in a more subtle and humanistic way. The therapist may work integratively, using different skills ** to aid the client to expand their thoughts and feelings according to how the client wants to lead.

Counselling/Psychotherapy is a unique relationship between the client and therapist in which the therapists role is to hold up a mirror for the client to see themself in. We all have experiences in which make is impossible to see the way and to ** see things about ourselves without a mirror.

Whether our hair is fully combed, whether we have something stuck in our teeth, or whether we have a wound in a hard to see place, we often need mirrors to see these things well enough to do something about them and sometimes we need someone to hold the mirror so we can see the things more clearly from better angles.

In addition to knowing what angles to hold the mirror from, the therapist understands that sometimes it takes a while for folks to see what they need…. especially if there are more subtle things needing our recognition.

****Finally, because most people tend to be hard on themselves and **do not give themselves “self-care” the therapist knows to hold the mirror in such a way that the client can see themselves from a caring, supportive, and empathetic perspective.