What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?

Over the years the words counselling and psychotherapy have become interchangeable. Counselling deals with a broad spectrum of issues and difficulties which people encounter and counselling skills such as active listening, empathy and respect are used. This enables you to explore and gain perspective on your issue in a supportive environment. It does not entail giving advice contrary to popular belief. Psychotherapy uses these skills but also invites people to explore the underlying psychological strata, that cause or contribute to their current distress. In discovering this deeper knowledge of yourself, you can choose different and ultimately more satisfying ways of living your life.