Counselling & THERAPY

Differences between Counselling and Therapy

The terms Counselling and Therapy/Psychotherapy are often heard to be used interchangeably, however, there are some important differences between them.
Counselling Therapy
Counselling Focuses On
specific issues and is designed to help a person manage or work through a particular situation or problem, such as addiction, stress management, grieving a recent loss, or improving communication skills.
Therapy Focuses On
issues that have made a significant impact on a person’s patterns of thinking and behavior, and negatively affects how they interact with themselves, others, and the world around them.
The Goals of Counselling Are
often to problem solve around the current issue that is happening. It involves increasing knowledge, learning to apply new skills, and practicing strategies to support current coping and future prevention. Counselling is also often used as starting point to prepare individuals to consider or engage in Therapy.
The Goals of Therapy Are
to regulate these patterns and improve overall psychosocial functioning. It involves developing a deeper level of awareness, intervening with mal-adaptive patterns of thought and behaviour, facilitating emotional processing of unresolved experiences or traumas, and acquiring more adaptive approaches to living life and achieving personal goals.
Counselling is Typically Shorter-Term
as it focuses on immediate support needs. Coping with the impact of negative experiences is an important part of understanding and navigating it, and Counselling can be an essential part of healing and recovery.
Therapy can Short, Intermediate, or Long Term
in nature depending on the depth and breadth of the issue to be addressed. Sometimes Therapy can be applied short term, particularly with an EMDR approach

Issues Counselling can Help With

  Relational stress, Separation
  Grief and Loss
  Situational Depression/Anxiety
  Mental Health/Addiction Relapse
  Caregiver Strain/Burnout
  Work or School Related Stress
  Communication & Problem Solving
  Value Conflicts
  Understanding a Mental Health Diagnosis
  Self Exploration and Personal Growth
  Routine mental health Check Ups
  Referral or Bridging to Other Resources

Issues Therapy Can Help With

  Serious Motor Vehicle Accidents
  Complex Grief and Loss
  Natural Disasters
  Vicarious Traumas
  War & Political Conflicts
  Workplace Traumas
  Childhood Abuse
  Abuse in Adulthood
  Domestic Violence
  Generational Violence
  Management of Psychiatric Diagnoses

Benefits of Counselling

  Establish foundational coping skills
  Increase understanding of mental health needs
  Increase understanding of psychosocial needs
  Develop personal insight and ability to reflect
  Develop communication and boundaries
  Understand the relationship with self and others
  Establish routine in personal mental health care
  Preparation for Therapy

Benefits of Therapy

  Enhanced personal insight and self awareness.
  Enhanced understanding of mental health and personal recovery,maintenance and prevention needs.
  Enhanced awareness and understanding of the psychosocial self.
  Enhanced knowledge and skills for situational coping.
  Enhanced communication and boundary setting ability.
  Enhanced relationships with self and others
  Enhanced sense of personal control

Please note that we do not offer crisis, on-call, or after-hours services