The world of mental health can be confusing, with so many different titles and job roles it can be difficult to know who to turn to for help. If you’re struggling with your mental health, you might have heard of psychologists, therapists and counsellors, but do you know the differences between them?
A psychologist is someone who has studied psychology at university and holds a degree in the subject. Psychologists work with people to help them understand their thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. They may use a variety of approaches and techniques to support their clients, for example Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Psychologists often work with people who have complex or long-term mental health problems. The psychologists at Counselling Psychology Online have all completed additional, post graduate training to Masters or Doctorate level and are registered with the governing body for psychologists, the HCPC.
The term “therapist” is used to describe a wide range of professionals who work in mental health. Confusingly, this can include psychologists, as well as other professionals such as social workers, psychotherapists and marriage and family therapists. Therapists also often use talking therapy to help their clients explore their thoughts and feelings, identify patterns of behaviour that may be unhelpful, and help develop coping strategies. The therapists at Counselling Psychology Online have all completed additional, post graduate training and are registered with their governing body, such as the BABCP.
Counsellors are also mental health professionals who provide talking therapy to help their clients work through their problems. A counsellor is more likely to draw on person- centred approaches, therefore, sessions are likely to be less directed by the counsellor and less structured. A counsellor will provide a safe space for you to reflect on your difficulties with someone with a high level of empathy. The counsellors at Counselling Psychology Online have all completed additional, post graduate training and are registered with their governing body, the BACP.
While there may be differences between psychologists, therapists and counsellors, they are all trained to help people with mental health issues. The most important thing is finding someone you feel comfortable talking to and who you trust to help you work through your problems.
If you’re considering seeking help for your mental health, online therapy can be a convenient and effective way to access support. At Counselling Psychology Online, we offer therapy for a wide range of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. We are trained to provide evidence-based therapy, and our flexible approach means that we can work with you to find a time that suits you.
Get in touch with us to schedule an initial assessment session with one of our therapists. Always remember, seeking assistance is an affirmative step towards a healthier and more contented life.
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Types of Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
- Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)
- Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Enhanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT-E)
- Person-Centred Therapy (PCT)
- Psychosynthesis Therapy
- Transactional Analysis Therapy (TA)
- Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
- Mentalization Based Therapy (MBT)
- Structural Clinical Management (SCM)