Psychotherapy can be thought of as a journey toward self-awareness, personality development, and the development of insight. Counselling, on the other hand, is more focused on resolving specific problems that arise in the here and now.
While counselling narrows in on specific problems, psychotherapy is expansive and considers the “bigger picture.” For example, psychotherapy aims to understand overall patterns of experience, chronic issues and recurrent feelings. It also takes into consideration how the past and future influence the present moment.
Counselling is typically brief, whereas psychotherapy is longer in duration. That said, most psychotherapists are capable of providing you with brief, solution-focused psychotherapy, which is similar to counselling.