It is crucial, when thinking about treatment for an a person with an eating disorder, due the seriousness and complexity of this disorder, that the therapist is experienced and has the training to treat a person with such a serious diagnosis. In light of this, as well as the safety checks above, it is important to know the difference between ‘psychotherapy’ and ‘counselling’ because the two terms are often used interchangeably, despite the two professions being recognised as different at a government level. While, in everyday language people use the terms ‘ therapist, ‘counsellor’, ‘psychotherapist’ interchangeably, there is a difference and the difference lies in the education and training requirements to achieve the title ‘psychotherapist’ and ‘counsellor’. Generally, a person with the title ‘counsellor’ will have reached degree level 8, (minimum of 4 years training) and a person calling themselves ‘psychotherapist’ will have reached degree level 9 (minimum 7 years of training). The Minister for Health has confirmed
that the two professions will be regulated by the state as different professions, and the training requirements to achieve the title ‘counsellor’ or ‘psychotherapist’ will be different (as outlined).