Counselling and Psychotherapy are often considered to be interchangeable therapies that overlap in a number of ways. Counselling, in specific situations, is offered as part of the psychotherapy process; whereas a counsellor may work with clients in a psychotherapeutic manner. In most of the time, the term “counselling” is used to refer to both counselling and psychotherapy.
Counselling is often referred to as ‘talk-therapy’ where a client consults a mental health professional, such as a psychotherapist or counsellor, on various issues involving emotional, thoughts and/or behavioural difficulties. It can be one-to-one, group or couple meetings. The aim of counselling is to provide a safe and comfortable space for the client to express their thoughts and emotions, to facilitate clients to gain new insights into their difficulties, develop better coping skills and to improve the client’s overall functioning.