• Counseling vs. Therapy- What's the difference?

    Counseling, rather than therapy, is conducted in schools. Counselors and therapists may collaborate, with written parental consent, so that the student has comprehensive, consistent support across settings.

    Counseling

    Therapy

    Addresses conscious concerns

    Addresses unconscious concerns as well asconscious concerns

    Assists with educational, career, and personal/social problems

    Assists with serious disorders and personality problems

    May use teaching or psycho educational methods

    May use medical or healing methods

    Is typically short term, often addressing acute problems rather than ongoing issues

    Provides ongoing therapy to students referred by school counselor or parents

    Makes referrals of students with problems beyond the scope of the counselor’s role to outside professionals

    Addresses serious disorders and personality problems of students who are referred by their school counselor