Types of practitioners
There are several different types of practitioners who provide therapy and help clients with their emotional and mental health issues. Below is an outline of the different types of practitioners we have as part of the Select network. Following an assessment we can provide you with a recommendation of the best type of practitioner to help with your current issues.
A Psychologist has a post-graduate qualification in Psychology and may have a doctoral qualification that allows them to use the title Dr. They are trained in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of a variety of psychological issues such as depression or anxiety but are not medical doctors and so do not prescribe medication. Clinical psychologists and counselling psychologists are just two of the specialties that psychologists provide. Psychologists have access to Medicare and private health rebates and are legally required to be registered with the Psychology Board of Australia.
A Counsellor has been trained in 'talking therapy' and uses a range of techniques & methods to assist individuals in behaviour change, improving their relationship skills and learning more effective communication styles. Counselling is generally a shorter term treatment than psychotherapy and focuses more on the client's presenting issues rather than exploring what is behind them. Counselling may also be practiced by Social Workers, Psychotherapists, Psychologists & Psychiatrists who have been trained in this area.
A Psychotherapist has been trained in psychotherapy - a 'talking therapy' where the therapist works generally on a longer term basis and focuses on what drives an individual's behaviours and issues rather than just treating the behaviour or the issue itself. A psychotherapist will often use the relationship between the therapist and the client as well as other methods to assist the client in gaining more awareness of how they are in the world and how they came to be that way. Psychotherapy may also be practiced by Social Workers, Counsellor, Psychologists and Psychiatrists trained in this area.
In Australia, Counsellors & Psychotherapists are not regulated by a specific government body. However, at Select we require our network of Counsellors & Psychotherapists to be a member of one of the professional associations in this area.
Some of the areas where a coach can help are:
Career change, including retirement or a new role
Getting healthy and fit
Getting ideas or projects off the ground
Different types of issues are more appropriate for coaching versus therapy. Both therapists and life coaches share the goal of improving a person’s effectiveness and in doing so may strive to increase their awareness of how their thoughts and emotions may lead to problematic behaviours. However, issues such as wanting to achieve goals, improving performance, wanting to excel in a particular area, and leadership development are more appropriate for life coaching. Issues such as depression, anxiety, and emotional problems are more appropriate for therapy.
Coaching is generally focused on the present and future whereas therapy is generally focused on the past and unresolved issues.
Coaching is a new area and the certification of coaches is relatively limited. At Select we work with coaches who have completed a course through a reputable university or educational institution or whose qualification has been recognised by the International Coaching Federation (ICF). Many coaches are also psychologists or have completed university studies in psychology. Psychology training, in particular psychologist registration, provides a strong foundation for coaching. If all the coach has is a NLP course, you would be better finding someone with more qualifications.
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