When you begin looking for professional help the terms counselling and psychotherapy can easily cause confusion. As you read through therapy websites you will find that some services offer counselling, some offer psychotherapy, and some offer both. So what does it all mean? This article will help you understand the difference between these two approaches so that you can the most suitable therapist for you. This is not a technical explanation of the differences – just a brief, jargon-free explanation to help the consumer who is looking for a therapist. Definitions will vary between clinicians so when looking for a therapist it may be helpful to ask directly how they personally define the differences. The following is how we at Auckland City Therapy distinguish the difference between each approach.