Counselling Services

What is the difference between Counselling, Psychotherapy and Psychology ?

The term counsellor means "advisor".

The terms Counselling, Therapy and Psychotherapy are similar and refer to the process of meeting with a trained therapist to help manage personal issues.
Counselling could be defined as the therapist helping you in the process of re-organising your life.

Psychotherapy can perhaps be defined as the therapist helping you in the process of re-organising your personality.

Psychology will help you to understand why you do what you do, enabling you to re-organise your reasoning.

All three therapies overlap in a number of ways. Generally speaking, however, psychotherapy works in greater depth and requires more skill than counselling. A psychotherapist is qualified to provide counselling, a counsellor may or may not possess the necessary training and skills to provide psychotherapy. A counselling psychologist has a similar training to a Psychotherapist, but additionally will hold a degree in Psychology.

All three therapies can be done as face to face meetings or by telephone.
Counselling treatment is generally used to denote a relatively brief treatment that is focused most upon a specific and more current issue or particular crisis. It often targets a particular symptom or problematic situation like a bereavement, divorce loss etc. and offers suggestions and advice for dealing with it.
The nature of more clearly defined concerns tends to result in a limited number of sessions. It is never possible to know how long it will take to work through an issue/s, however for the purposes of planning your initial commitment it is probably realistic to allow for an average of ten sessions.

Psychotherapy on the other hand is relevant where there is a sense of struggle, sometimes even without any particular awareness of the cause. Often this struggle is something which has been experienced for a considerable period of time. Psychotherapy treatment therefore goes deeper and tends to be of a longer-term nature as it focuses more on gaining insight into chronic emotional problems such as anxiety or childhood trauma etc… It’s focus is on the resulting thought processes and/or life limiting behaviour in general. It will allow you to examine feelings, actions and thoughts and to learn how to evaluate and adjust appropriately.

Psychology is the study of people’s mind, body and soul. How you think, how and why you act, react and interact and the motivation behind your actions. Psychology is concerned with all aspects of behaviour, thoughts, feelings and motivational causes & behaviour, from childhood through to adulthood and is the academic foundation for Psychotherapy.