What is the difference between Counselling and Psychotherapy?

Although counselling and psychotherapy overlap in many areas, a common distinction between these two approaches is duration and content. Foundational to both is the therapist’s capacity to hold each client’s unique circumstances with kindness, curiosity and non-judgement.

Counselling

By definition, counselling is focused on a particular life area and solicits support and guidance by the counsellor specific to this topic. The counsellor will offer insight and act as a sounding board, among other things. Counselling tends to be short-term and solution focused.

Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy is long-term and explores overall patterns and behaviours causing disturbances and unrest in an individual’s life. Understanding how past experiences influence current behaviors and worldview is key to the therapeutic process. Family history and substantial life events and adversities are often considered.

To be human is to be dynamic, given this, it is not uncommon to enter counselling or psychotherapy for one particular reason, only to discover other areas of your life calling for attention. For this reason, both of these practices can often resemble each other.

Sarah Jeffrey Counselling

Meditation

Mindfulness Meditation has proven to decrease stress levels, improve overall life satisfaction, and acts as an incredible catalyst for change in one’s life. Mindfulness has been described as paying attention to the present moment, on purpose and without judgement. Meditation coaching is a process of being guided through the act of mindfulness, using various techniques. This allows the individual to make contact with their current, felt experience, whereby improving their relationship to self.


Working With Me:

Challenges I can help you navigate:

  • Relationship struggles
  • Depression and/or anxiety
  • Body image issues
  • Disordered eating
  • Addiction
  • Gender identity
  • Sexuality and sexual health topics
  • Life transitions
  • Religious, spiritual or existential concerns
  • Unresolved family of origin issues

What you will notice after working together:

  • More meaning in your life
  • Improved relationships (with self and others)
  • Reduced levels of anxiety and stress
  • Increased confidence and self-worth
  • Less emphasis placed on past or future events
  • Better understanding of your life purpose
  • More clarity about your personal history
  • Enhanced work, academic and athletic performance
  • Overall life enrichment