Psychotherapy vs. Counseling

Eggs showing contrast between psychotherapy and counseling
The same but different; which is better for you?

Let’s Start with the Basics:

Why these two practices are very similar and overlap somewhat, there are some important difference to pay attention to. Psychotherapy is a general term for treating mental health problems by talking with a psychiatrist, psychologist or other mental health provider. (Mayo Clinic) PsyT tends to focus on past issues that impact you in the present. On the other hand, counseling will focus on specific, current issues and may only last for a few weeks.

Most importantly, “while a psychotherapist is qualified to provide counseling, a counselor may or may not possess the necessary training and skills to provide psychotherapy.” (VeryWellMind)

Where’s the overlap?

  • General goal being to improve the client’s life
  • Effective for a wide range of people with multiple different mental health issues
  • A partnership between therapist and client which is healing, trusting and safe

What are the main differences?

Both counseling and psychotherapy are pretty generalized terms with multiple different approaches that fall under each. However, for the purposes of this article we will focus on the umbrella terms.

While counseling focuses on current problems that impact your life, psychotherapy focuses on experiences from your past that have created chronic issues for you. Similarly, psychotherapy will focus on overall patterns in your life, while counseling zeros in on specific issues.

Counseling tends to be more guidance based rather than hands on like psychotherapy. In PsyT, the therapist may conduct personality or intelligence testing as well as diving deeper into your cognitive habits.

Psychotherapy is right for people who have ongoing issues that stem from past experiences or ongoing conditions that impact daily life such as disease or handicaps. Counseling, however, is perfect for people who are dealing with short-term issues or adjustments and need a little guidance through this period of their life.

PsyT vs. Counseling at Soma Therapy:

Soma Therapy believes in a holistic approach to healing. This means that psychotherapy and counseling conducted by Soma providers will heal you in a well-rounded way instead of a pinpoint approach.

Soma believes in full recovery and transformation from any mental health concerns. We believe in nourishing and empowering our clients’ healthy selves. This helps us rediscover and find grace in all of our parts – good or bad. That is to say, whether you engage in counseling or psychotherapy, you will come out of each session with a better sense of self and a more positive outlook on your life in general.

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