Personal Counselling

People often ask what is the difference bewteen counselling and psychotherapy. The terms are often used interchangeably but there are distinct differences.

Psychotherapy is often a treatment based response to a diagnosed mental health issue such as anxiety or depression.  It is often a longer term treatment which focuses on gaining insight into an individual's chronic emotional issues. It is often used in conjunction with psychotropic medication, but not always. It addresses the client's thought processes and way of being in the world. It does not necessarily address specific problems.

Counselling involves a client and counsellor/advisor working together to solve a problem. In the context of mental health it is usually used to denote a relatively brief treatment that is focused on behavior and helping the client move towards more adaptive ways of dealing with problems.

If you are experiencing challenges or a major transition that are significantly impacting negatively your mood and many aspects of your life (e.g., relationships, family, work) you may want to learn more effective coping skills through counselling or psychotherapeutic treatment. Counsellors and psychotherapists often use many of the same techniques and theories such as cognitive behaviour therapy or behaviour modification.

We provide counselling services for those experiencing difficulties in coping with everyday life, anxiety, and minor depression.