Counselling & Therapy

What's the Difference Between
Counselling and Therapy?

Counselling and therapy are often used interchangeably, but both are different in the approaches they use to overcome a problem. Oftentimes, they can overlap with one another in terms of the types of topics covered.

  • Counselling is generally more short-term and focuses on finding solutions to overcome a specific and present issue. For example, some people seek counselling to address issues like stress, relationships, addictions, and grief.

  • Therapy is a more long-term process focused on treatment based on a diagnosis (ex. Depression, anxiety, OCD) to help process your actions and behaviours. For example, you may see a therapist to process trauma, change patterns of thinking, and how to develop better strategies to help manage it.

Why go to Counselling?

Counselling allows individuals to work through their issues in a safe environment. Counselling can also help break habits and manage mental health symptoms that are taking a toll on an individual’s life. For individuals who would simply like to discuss every day issues with someone, it can be a great way of investing in yourself to develop better coping strategies.

Types of Mental Health Support

At One Healing Space we have a variety of trained professionals ranging from psychotherapists to social workers.

 

A clinical social worker is someone who performs services in areas of mental health, primary care, and hospitals. In the mental health field, social workers often focus on assessment, treatment through counselling, and evidence informed approaches.

  • Common social work practices in mental health include crisis intervention, therapy, and advocacy. A social worker has obtained either a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) or a Master of Social Work (MSW).

A psychotherapist is someone who performs psychotherapy, a kind of talk therapy, for mental illness and other emotional issues to help individuals manage mental health disorders. A psychotherapist’s role is to engage in discussions about your problems, collaboratively find solutions and help you understand the problem at hand.

How do I Find the Right Counsellor or Therapist?

Finding the right counselor or therapist is difficult. It's not easy to open up about your experiences, especially with a stranger you just met. However, knowing what to look for can help you get a better idea of who's right for you.

Some things to keep in mind:​​​​​​

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Who do you feel comfortable talking to? (Age, gender, religious backgrounds)

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What training background or methods do they use?

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Where are they located?

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What is your price point?

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When are they available?

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Look for referrals from your friends, family, or doctor

How Much Does it Cost?

Each Univeristy and College has a health plan which dedicates a certain amount of money to mental health practitioner expenses. Head over to our insurance page to find how much coverage your University or College offers.

Counselling & Therapy Infographics & Tip Sheets

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What To Expect During Counselling

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