To a Psychologist is where you go if you want to find out what is wrong with you. To a Counselor is where you go if you want to know what’s right.
This ‘rightness’ is what people are missing from their lives. We have been given a bill of goods as soon as we become conscious citizens in and of the world, and this bill weighs on us even as society sends us the massage that it is ‘Natural and human’, that nothing is really wrong and “just get over it”. Psychology is the modern apology for the anxiety which lay at the heart of its systems of repression, an attempt to correct what is systemically incorrect, but by putting the blame effectively upon the individual.
Counseling, on the other hand, is toward the emancipatory, the “freeing” and not just the identity which is supposed to be free. Counseling says that an assumption of wrongness is itself an incorrect manner of assessing the mental health of the person. Hence, counseling is more an act of enlightening the person to their modern subjectivity but without the need to instruct them to its proper language. For, the proper language is found already in the individual through its own innate intelligence and existence. Counseling is about empowerment.
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