Many people will, at some point in their lives, find themselves in the role of a counselor. There is a big difference between a professional counselor and a person who uses some counseling skills as part of their role, for example, their role as a friend or colleague. A professional counselor is a highly trained individual who can use a different range of counseling approaches with their clients. Counseling is a process, in which a Therapist helps people, in bringing desired life changes, whether clients are “stuck” in a life problem or feel a desire to improve the quality of their future life, marriage, career, health, or the overall quality of their life.
Counseling is an individualized service where the client and counselor look at the client’s goals from a Neutral and Objective Point of view, and design an action plan or a resolution to accomplish the desired changes, then provide feedback and support as it is implemented. Psychotherapy is an interpersonal, relational intervention used by trained psychotherapists to aid clients in problems of living.
This usually includes increasing the individual sense of well-being and reducing subjective discomforting experiences. Psychotherapists employ a range of techniques based on experiential relationship building, dialogue, communication, and behavior change and that are designed to improve the mental health of a client or patient or to improve group relationships (such as in a family). Psychotherapy may be performed by practitioners with several different qualifications, including psychologists, marriage and family therapists, licensed clinical social workers, psychiatric nurses, and psychiatrists.