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counsellors? - May 27th 2012, 08:02 PM

I'm kinda new here I was just wondering what's the difference between a counsellor and a therapist?

i'm thinking about going to the school counsellor about sh and possible depression but i'm kinda nervous because i don't know what it'll be like, feel like sharing experiences...? i'm worried it'll be really awkward, or that she might tell my mom about my SH because apparently they have to be confidential unless there is a danger of harm to you or someone else...

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Re: counsellors? - May 27th 2012, 09:56 PM

A school counslor doesnt just deal with people problems they also do grades and paper work stuff for the school. A therapist deals just with peoples problems. A counslor has a lesser degree in psychology than a therapist sometimes.

Most people think school counslor are just like therapist but there not because school counslors deal with grades report cards and paper work its not all about just helping people with problems all day like a therapist does.
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Re: counsellors? - May 27th 2012, 10:17 PM

A school counselor will most likely have to tell your mom because it falls under "harm to self or others" which she is required to report to your mom. Even so, I would still suggest going to see her, you don't have to get into the really personal stuff right away, you can kind of ease into it. I think the difference between a counselor and therapist is in the degree they have, counselors have master's degrees and therapists have either masters or doctorates. Sometimes the terms are used interchangeably.

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Re: counsellors? - May 28th 2012, 07:19 AM

thanks, i'm going to see her tomorrow, so wish me luck!! i looked her up on the internet and she has a proper professional therapy place so i guess she is a properly qualified therapist... any tips for how to make a first session not awkward?
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Re: counsellors? - May 28th 2012, 08:40 AM

It sounds as if she's a pretty good counsellor then, so I wouldn't worry to much about the first session being awkward, usually it starts off with light conversation before they ask you what's on your mind. There's no right or wrong way to say anything, and of you aren't too comfortable with something in particular or you aren't sure then that's okay too and the counsellor will understand. But if you think you might get really worried or embarrassed then you can write down some main points either for your own reference or for the counsellor to see. Practising what you're going to say and what questions she might ask such as, how long have you been feeling this for? how strong are these emotions? and stuff like that. But don't get too stressed about it, it's not like you're at a job interview or being tested for school grades! In a school counselling environment especially, it's a pretty relaxed and friendly environment.
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