How much do you know about counselling and therapy? Hi Readers! Since there is some confusion/misunderstanding between counselling and therapy, I’ve prepared a simple guide for you. The similarities between counselling and therapy are: Development of a healing, safe and therapeutic relationship between the professional and the individual Effective for children and adults Used to understand a person’s feelings and behaviours Addressing issues with the goal of improving a person’s life Although there are similarities, there are also some important differences. Counselling: Short to medium term process to find solutions for the present problematic situation an individual is experiencing Focused on a specific situation The counsellor provides guidance, support and education to help the person identify and find their own solutions to the problematic situation Therapy: The long-term process to find a solution to a recurring problematic situation Exploring past issues that may be contributing to the present problematic situation Focused on the bigger picture; how patterns of behaviour are affecting the individual’s life In-depth focus on internal thoughts/feelings leading to personal growth I hope this has helped you better understand the difference between counselling and therapy. Be kind to one another Julia, Sexologist Help us keep this blog going by clicking this link For further reading click here. Guides and workbooks are available here.