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Psychotherapy is a general term that encompasses the treatment of mental health issues through seeking care with a professional, be it a psychologist, therapist, or other mental health provider. The terms "counselor" and "psychotherapist" are often used interchangeably and have many similarities, but there are some important differences as well. In general, counseling is recommended for specific issues and situations, such as addiction or grief, and takes place over weeks to several months.

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Psychotherapy, in contrast, tends to explore past issues that might be contributing to present-day problems. It often takes place continually or intermittently over a period of years. Understanding some more of the differences between counseling and psychotherapy may be helpful in choosing the type of therapy that will be most effective for you as an individual. There are many types of counselors, such as marriage and family therapists, grief counselors, addiction and substance abuse counselors, and more.

You should consider seeing a counselor if:

  • You have specific issues or short-term problems you wish to address

  • You wish to learn coping skills to help better manage stress and improve relationships

  • You are coping with life transitions and adjustments, such as divorce or grief

  • You are coping with addiction issues

  • You are looking for someone who is essentially a "coach" who can guide and support you as you learn to recognize problems and formulate healthy solutions yourself

You should consider seeing a Psychotherapist if:

  • You have problems that are significantly impacting your life and relationships

  • You are coping with past trauma, or if you believe situations in the past may be playing a role in your current issues

  • Your present issues are chronic or recurring concerns

  • You have a chronic medical condition (such as autoimmune disease, cancer, etc.) that is affecting your emotional well-being

  • You have a diagnosed mental health condition such bipolar disorder or a major anxiety disorder

  • You have seen a counselor and your issues aren't improving even though you've been actively working on solutions

Counseling and psychotherapy enable you to learn about yourself and your condition, how you process information and what affects your moods, thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. The sessions help you learn how to take control of your life and respond to challenging situations with healthy coping skills and strategies. Counseling and psychotherapy can be helpful in treating most mental health problems, including anxiety disorders, mood disorders, eating disorders, addiction, adjustment disorders, trauma, insomnia, and excessive stress.