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Differences Between Counseling and PsychotherapyCounseling v psychotherapy is there a difference between the two Thispaper will attempt to prove that there are several differences betweencounseling and psychotherapy While counseling and psychotherapy haveseveral different elements in each the following information will also attemptto show the reader that there are some areas where the two overlap At timesthis was a confusing topic to research A fine line distinguishes the two topicsand one must look hard to see this line Definition of CounselingOne survey taken by Gustad suggests a definition of counseling where he included three key elements Counseling is a learning-oriented process carried on in a simple one to one social environment in which a counselor professionally competent in relevant psychological skills and knowledge seeks to assist the client by methods appropriate to the latters needs and within the context of the total personnel program to learn more about himself to learn how to put such understanding into effect in relation to more clearly perceived realistically defined goals to the end that the client may become a happier and more productive member of his society 1957 p 36 In lay terms counseling can be described as a face to face relationship having goals to help a client to learn or acquire new skills which will enable them to cope and adjust to life situations The focus is to help a person reach maximum fulfillment or potential and
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