Counselling and psychotherapy

Q. I see those terms used interchangeably. What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?

A. Both counselling and psychotherapy provide professional help and support to people in times of change or crisis. Counselling may focus more on providing immediate support with pressing, contingent issues and may be more limited in time. Psychotherapy tends to explore deeper, more long-term issues that may have originated in the past.  Their underlying principles are the same. They both have their foundation in an empathic and confidential relationship provided in a safe and non-judgmental space.