What happens in a counselling session?
How many sessions will I need?
Is everything I tell you in confidence?
What if I don’t feel it’s a good fit between me and the therapist?
What’s the difference between a Psychologist and a Counsellor?
However, there are clear distinctions in the types of clients seen by each professional. A Psychologist is able to work with clients with a mental disorder, including those diagnosed as psychotic, in in-patient and outpatient medical settings.
A counsellor will work with less disturbed clients; clients with ‘normal problems’ in non-medical settings.
Counselling is typically concerned with immediate and practical issues such as processing grief or anger, helping the client identify options when making important personal or professional decisions, or building better interpersonal or communication skills.
A counsellor might work with a client to learn how to better manage conflicts in relationships or to clarify his or her values on a particular topic. The focus in counselling is to the client’s concerns and difficulties as well as understanding how patterns of behaviour, thoughts and feelings can cause problems in daily life.