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Evolving Connections Counselling

Relationships, Individuals, Families


Evolving Connections provides Counselling and Psychotherapy

Counselling, Psychotherapy and Psychology – What’s the Difference?

There are some important differences to note in Australia when considering whether to engage with a psychologist, counsellor or psychotherapist. A significant factor is that psychology is highly regulated and therefore means that practitioners are qualified in high level tertiary qualifications in psychology although not necessarily in counselling. This does not mean that all counsellors and psychotherapists are not qualified in high level tertiary qualifications in couselling and psychotherapy but it does mean that you should ensure due diligence before employing the services of one. Counselling and psychotherapy professional bodies such as the the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) and the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) have strict eligibility criteria for their professional memberships. Please see below.

Evolving Connections is registered at the highest levels for both PACFA (Clinical member) and ACA (Level 4 member).

What is Counselling?

Counselling offers a practice discipline that provides a variety of counselling frameworks which facilitate therapeutic tools to enable clients to process and manage difficulties with immediate and practical issues. Issues can include: managing reactivity; disconnection in relationships; loss and grief; trauma; addictions and moderate mental health issues.

Frameworks used in counselling include: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Emotion Focussed Therapy, Solution Focussed Therapy, Family Systems Therapies, Gestalt Therapy and Art Therapies. 

Therapy can focus on things such as building safe and healthy relationships and better interpersonal and communication skills. Therapy is underlined by the exploration of concerns and difficulties and can include help with clarifying values as well as understanding how thoughts, feelings and behaviours can contribute to issues. 

What is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy can draw on the same frameworks as counselling and may include psychodynamic therapies. Psychotherapy encourages extensive reflection and goes much deeper. The aim of psychotherapy is to explore the underlying or root causes of internal belief systems, reactivity and interactivity. Psychotherapy helps clients to raise their self awareness, profoundly understand their lives and releases them from the stronghold of unconscious and impulse triggers.

What makes Evolving Connections a transformative service is in its ability to safely encourage clients to understand themselves and their interactions at a deeper level.

Counsellors and Psychotherapists typically work in fields such as marriage and family counselling, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, or career and guidance fields. They may be found in private practice, mental health clinics, child and aged centres, youth welfare or marriage guidance services.

What is Psychology?

Psychology can offer counselling and psychotherapy but may or not be further qualified in counselling practice and frameworks.

Psychologists may work with both mentally ill and emotionally healthy clients who need help understanding behavioural problems. As well as providing psychotherapy, psychologists can diagnose mental health issues, work as behavioural scientists and in clinical research.

Their work settings include private practice, hospitals, schools, laboratories, universities and consulting firms.

Counsellors and psychologists often collaborate when seeing clients.