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Difference Between Clinical Psychology & Counseling

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Key Difference

At Relationary, we practice both Clinical Psychology and Counseling. Our Clinical Psychologists focus on the diagnosis and treatment of more severe mental health conditions, while our Counselors focus on helping individuals with a broader range of issues, often related to everyday life challenges. Our Clinical Psychologists may use a variety of treatment techniques to assess and diagnose patients, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychoanalytic therapy, or group therapy, while our Counselors may use techniques such as talk therapy, behavioral therapy, or solution-focused therapy.

Clinical Psychology

Clinical Psychology is a branch of psychology that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders. Clinical psychologists typically have a master’s or doctoral degree in psychology (Msc, Ph.D. or Psy.D.). In Relationary, our Clinical Psychologists are trained in the assessment and treatment of a wide range of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and personality disorders. Clinical psychologists may choose to work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, clinics, private practices, and research institutions.

Counseling

Counseling, on the other hand, is a broader study in psychology that refers to a range of therapeutic approaches that help people with a variety of personal and interpersonal issues. Our Counselors tackle everyday challenges faced  by individuals such as relationship problems, stress management, career guidance, or other life challenges. 

Counselors may hold a master’s degree or doctorate in counseling, psychology, or a related field, and may specialize in areas such as marriage and family therapy, career counseling, or substance abuse counseling. Counselors may also choose to work in private practices, schools, hospitals, or community organizations.

More Differences

Training and Education

Clinical psychologists typically complete a doctoral program in psychology, which takes around 5-7 years of graduate study, including a dissertation. Clinical psychology programs often require students to complete supervised clinical practicum or internships, where they gain experience working with clients under the supervision of a licensed clinical psychologist.

Training and Education

Meanwhile, Counseling programs may vary in length and structure, but typically require a master’s degree or doctoral degree in counseling, psychology, or a related field. Many counseling programs also require students to complete a supervised practicum or internship, where they gain hands-on experience working with clients.

Approaches

Clinical psychology has its roots in the medical model of mental illness, which views mental health conditions as medical disorders that require diagnosis and treatment. As such, our clinical psychologists are trained to diagnose and treat mental health conditions using evidence-based approaches.

Approaches

Counseling, on the other hand, often takes a more holistic approach to mental health, focusing on the client’s overall well-being rather than just the specific symptoms of a mental health condition. In essence, our Counselors often work with clients to develop coping skills and strategies for managing stress, improving relationships, and achieving personal goals.

Techniques

Although both our clinical psychologists and counselors are focused on improving mental health, they may apply different techniques and approaches to achieve this goal.

Techniques

Our Clinical psychologists may use a range of interventions, such as medication management, cognitive-behavioral therapy, or psychodynamic therapy, while our Counselors may use a more eclectic mix of approaches, such as talk therapy, art therapy, or mindfulness-based interventions.

Summary

Overall, both clinical psychology and counseling are important fields within the mental health profession, and we here at Relationary are proud to be able to provide such a service to those in need as they both play a vital role in helping individuals achieve greater emotional and mental well-being.

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