Where do you begin and who is who in the MH zoo? The distinction between the work of a psychologist and counsellor can be muddied especially for the latter with substantial experience but not the same advantage of a psych. The content is from an ABC article [LINK].
Psychiatrists are medical doctors who specialise in diagnosing and treating mental illness.They tend to treat complex and serious mental illness, and have a deep understanding of physical and mental health, and how they affect each other.
Psychologists are experts in human behaviour. They use scientific methods to study the factors that influence the way we think, feel, learn and behave. Psychologists work in a variety of settings with a vast range of people: they deal with everything from depression, anxiety and eating disorders to relationship problems and personal growth.
Counsellors use talk-based therapy to help people to develop self-understanding and make changes in their lives. A counsellor will allow you to talk through your personal concerns, gain perspective, develop coping strategies, and increase self-awareness.
If you're feeling stressed, worrying about the future, having relationship problems or just need someone to talk to, an appropriately trained counsellor may be a good option.
Counsellors can also take on a case-management role.
If you're looking for a counsellor check out the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) or the Psychotherapists and Counsellors Federation of Australia (PACFA).
In Australia, there is no mandated minimum training or qualification framework for counsellors. However, both ACA and PACFA have a national voluntary register of counsellors who meet minimum training and ethical standards.
I am a registered with PACFA and strongly believe that the commitment to registration safeguards the client and counsellor.