Opting to go ahead and study as a counsellor can often pose a great number of questions as the individual gets to grips with the course material, what will be required of them and where the course will lead.
So with much to consider, here are a number of frequently asked questions where counselling courses are concerned.
What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?
These two words are also given in a way that makes them seem interchangeable, with little difference visible between the two. This, as it happens, is because they pretty much are interchangeable and any differences between them are implicit.
Counselling is often sought to help with smaller issues that can be resolved over a shorter period of time. Psychotherapy, meanwhile, is seen by some to be a much more involved course of treatment which may delve deeper into a persons psyche or past.
All of this, however, is implicit and differs depending on which source you ask. On the surface alone, there really is little difference beyond the spelling.
How deep does counselling go?
How deep a counsellor delves into a person’s problems can often depend on the issues themselves and the person experiencing them.
Behavioural counselling, for example, deals with a person’s actions; addressing such things as phobias and addictions. Treatment such as this would involve recognising what stimulates a person to feel these exaggerated reactions to certain objects or actions, then addressing them head on.
Psychoanalysis delves deeper into a person’s unconscious mind; channelling the Freudian school of thought which dictates that people’s actions are motivated by subconscious traits buried deep under the surface. Treatment is undertaken this way by getting the patient to open up about their experiences in the hope of giving the counsellor an idea as to what influenced the symptoms originally.
These are two of the most commonly asked questions when it comes to taking on a counselling course. Knowing the answer can give individuals a much better idea as to what they are signing up for and from where they can begin.