Counseling addresses a specific issue and is focused on behavior. It will target a particular symptom, problem or situation and the counselor will offer suggestions for managing it. Premarital counseling, which lasts for four sessions, is a type of counseling. If the couple seeking premarital counseling want to each address deeper issues affecting their relationship, such as fears, addictions, depression, early experiences of neglect or sexual abuse, then this would fall into the therapy category. Therapy focuses on an individual and looks more deeply at the internal world and at what is causing the problem. It will treat more chronic physical and emotional concerns and therefore it usually lasts longer in duration than counseling. Psychotherapists are qualified to perform both therapy and counseling, however not all counselors have the training and skills to provide psychotherapy.
Your life is not a problem to be solved but a gift to be opened. – Wayne Muller
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The initials are an abbreviation for “Licensed Mental Health Counselor.” This license pertains to psychotherapists who specializes in performing therapy with clients, rather than working in the social work system, performing research or testing, They will have advanced training, a graduate academic degree, two years supervised clinical experience, and have completed a state-certified licensing examination. They treat people dealing with problems such as alcoholism, addictions, or eating disorders and often specialize in marriage and family counseling.
She has been in full-time private practice for over two decades as a Licensed Psychotherapist.