Psychotherapy and counselling are often terms used interchangeably. They are used to describe 'talk therapy'. The work is done with a trained therapist who may use different types of modalities which will be catered to the challenges the client is facing. The aim is to relieve distress by discussing and expressing feelings; to help change attitudes, behaviour and habits that may be unhelpful; and to assist more helpful ways of coping.
Generally the difference between psychotherapy and counselling is the amount of time or sessions the individual requires, and the depth of issues he/she may be facing. Psychotherapy may be used to address a mental health diagnosis whereas counselling is geared toward learning how to overcome problems and challenges.