Various Mental Health Professionals sometimes call what they do counseling and/or psychotherapy. Some identify themselves as a counselor...others as a psychotherapist.

It is no wonder that members of the public might have some confusion about the these terms.

Perhaps the following will help:

The term counseling is defined as professional guidance in resolving personal conflicts and emotional problems. It includes:

1.Advice; opinion or instruction given in directing the judgment or conduct of another.

2.The interchange of opinions as to future procedure; consultation; deliberation.

Psychotherapy, on the other hand, translates as "therapy for the soul". It is usually considered to be a deeper delving into a person's psyche...the underlying forces that address the source of the *symptoms (like anxiety, depression, etc) seen on the surface. The mystery and complexity of the human condition includes the fact that these forces may be conscious or unconscious.

Psychotherapy, has to do with us assisting YOU in your own internal search ... a deeper journey...if you will, towards the end of discovering your own both unique self and journey.

Of course, psychotherapy may also include counseling when appropriate.

*Symptoms contribute to the required diagnosis, which are mandated IF you use insurance. Differential diagnosis has to do with different specific patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving.