Counseling versus Therapy


Counseling versus Therapy

The words “counseling” and “therapy” and “talk therapy” can be used interchangeably, as synonyms.  The term counseling, however, is most concise and least confusing; because there are many very different kinds of therapy, such as physical therapy, massage therapy, occupational therapy and others.  If I say that I am a therapist, this is more likely to be misunderstood than if I say that I am a counselor.

Counseling Psychology versus Clinical Psychology

A counselor (or “counseling psychologist”) is a specific type of psychologist.  Counseling theory is psychological theory, and counselors utilize the same clinical techniques as clinical psychologists.  However, counseling psychology is unique in its attention both to normal developmental issues and to problems associated with physical, emotional, and mental disorders.  In other words, rather than primarily focusing on pathology, counseling psychology looks at the whole picture, including people who may be struggling with life circumstances or transitions, but who are not mentally ill.  Counselors are trained to deal with emotional, social, vocational, educational, health-related, developmental, and organizational concerns.  They can help both healthy and mentally ill people to set and achieve their life goals, and to function personally and socially across the life span.

If you’re looking for counseling and mental health services in Tinley Park, Oak Forest, Orland Park, and the surrounding area, please call 708-429-6999 to set up an appointment or to ask questions. Tinley Park counseling service, Oak Forest counseling service, Orland Park counseling service. Call today.

Anda Jines MS, LCPC, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Offering counseling services in the southwest suburbs of Chicago

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