The main differences between psychology and psychotherapy

psychology and psychotherapy

One of the big questions when we consider going to the psychologist or rather to the psychologist (because it is a majority profession of the female gender) is clarify the differences between psychology and psychotherapy. Etymology already gives us a clue, the first studies the mind, the second seeks to treat it.

Are there differences between psychology and psychotherapy?

About psychology in general

At a conceptual level it is also important to understand how psychotherapy is a branch of the trunk of psychology. On the one hand, Psychology is an academic and scientific research discipline with different epistemological and practical approaches.. On the other hand, it can be made into a general or more specific profession depending on the field of intervention:

  • Psychology of the education
  • Occupational or organizational psychology
  • sports psychology
  • Social or community psychology
  • Forensic psychology
  • Clinical psychology
differences between psychology and psychotherapy

About psychotherapy specifically

Within this last family, clinical or general health psychology, is where we can find psychotherapy. Apart from a professional development outlet, the main feature is that seeks the treatment of psychological disorders through the promotion of behavioral patterns and proposals for cognitive and emotional reflection that help the person to enjoy greater health and regulation of their conflicts.

Psychotherapy can practice as a clinical psychologist (having passed the General Sanitary Master in Psychology) and also as a companion to management processes and emotional support, as well as processes of self-knowledge. One does not take away the other, the two add up and depending on the therapeutic school, the approach is variable in its evaluation and treatment tools. The great traditions are psychodynamics (psychoanalysis), cognitive behavioral therapy, systemic, humanistic, integrative... Each person chooses based on their need and their consistency with the reference framework used at the theoretical and resource level. practical.

In conclusion, more than differences between psychology and psychotherapy,

Psychotherapy in Gràcia, Barcelona

Specifically in Sincronia Yoga, the services we offer are, for the moment, of Psychotherapy and not clinical psychology due to the academic distinction marked above.

We offer accompaniment sessions for processes of change, self-knowledge, development of new skills to face complex situations or life crises and to explore new ways of managing our beliefs, emotions and body. We therefore integrate what we think, what we feel and what we do based on the demand and the objectives set on the first visit. And from the tools that psychology offers us in general we adapt the sessions to a fertile and useful psychotherapeutic encounter for the person within his particularity.

If you want more information about how these sessions can help you, write to us through our Contact Form and we will be delighted or consult this interview that they did for the UOC website.

Ignasi Sero

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