Psychotherapy & Counselling
Psychotherapy addresses problems of thought, feeling, & behaviour that are psychological in nature.
Psychotherapy generally addresses the relationship between an individual's past & their present concerns. It aims to increase the individual's understanding of the roots of their distress, in order to help them to make changes that increase their sense of wellbeing.
Psychotherapists employ a range of techniques that are designed to improve the mental health of a client, or to improve group relationships (such as in a family).
The term counselling is sometimes used interchangeably with "psychotherapy," however it more often refers to the treatment of everyday problems.
Counselling can address any number of problems that are usually, but not always, unrelated to a mental health diagnosis. For example, counselling can help people who are going through transitions in life, or who have financial problems, health problems, work stress, or simply need to discuss their options with an impartial person before making a decision etc.
Counselling techniques may, but do not necessarily, delve into a person's past experiences in order to find a solution to their present problems.