One of the most common confusion is to know the difference between a counsellor and a psychologist.
The above terms are used interchangeably but there is a difference between the two.
- Counsellor deals with life issues while a psychologist deals with mind issues.
- Counsellor is the first point of contact when you wish to address the issues while the psychologist is when you wish to address the individual’s issues of the mind.
- Counsellor is the guide and psychologist is the therapist.
- Counsellor deals with difficulties and psychologist deals with disorders.
Though more often than not the two overstep into each other’s domain because there is a huge common area yet when we start to define the personality, relationships, team building, optimizing ones potential, confusion falls within the counsellor’s domain through it can be also dealt by a psychologist.
While obsessions, aggressive behaviour, attention deficit, disorders and the like fall within the purview of a psychologist exclusively.
In closing, the primary difference between psychology and counselling psychology is that the former involves quantitative research and evaluation while the latter involves one-on-one therapy.
To put it in a nutshell, both are concerned with eradicating the problems out of people’s lives, where they are concerned with providing direct solutions, including mental and overall well being of a person.