Councilor Vs. Counselor: There Is A Difference

By Sarah Fader

Updated December 06, 2018

Reviewer Deanna Daniels, LMFT


There are many words in the English language that sound the same, but carry two entirely different meanings. These words are called homonyms. For example, the words 'there' and 'their' sound alike to the human ear; however, they mean two different things. Though they sound the same, one is an adverb, while the other is a pronoun. Homonym may sound the same in speech, but it is important to use the correct version in writing to make grammatical sense. When searching for information on the Internet, it is important to spell the words correctly or you either may not find the information needed, or obtain information that is irrelevant to your search needs.

Neither 'Their' nor 'There'

Two words that are often confused are councilor and counselor. This is important when looking for someone to provide advice or to counsel. The word councilor is a noun defined as one who serves in a public position, or on a council.


There are many types of counselors one might need in life. Legal counsel is for when there is a civil or criminal issue for which you might require legal advice, and then there is the counselor that you might seek for psychological or any other problems related to your life and mental well-being.

Different Types of Counselors

When seeking a counselor for a mental health-related issue, consider the various types available when conducting your search and be sure to choose a licensed counselor. There are many types of people who claim to be able to help us out there who do not have the credentials to do so. For example, there are life coaches who could be excellent at their jobs and others who could actually cause people emotional damage. Selecting a licensed counselor is the most informed choice to make for your mental health.

Different specialties of mental health counselors include the following:


Marriage and relationship counselors- work with married couples or couples who live together and are in conflict.

Family counselors - work with the family as a whole unit. While they may see family members individually for more information, their primary focus is on the family as a whole.

Addiction counselors - work with individuals who are addicted to substances or activities such as gambling or gaming.

Grief Counselors - work with those who have suffered a loss of a loved one to death.

Sex Counselors/therapists - work with couples or individuals experiencing issues of sexual nature or with sexual intimacy.

Mental health counselors- work with individuals who have been diagnosed with depression and other mental health disorders that can be managed through a range of therapies.

These are just a few of the umbrellas under which you can find a mental health counselor specific to your needs. It is important to research the the type of counselor with the education and experience suited to provide the best help and guidance for your specific situation. For example, if you broke your wrist, you probably wouldn't consult a podiatrist (foot specialist) for treatment even though they may understand broken bones Similarly, it is wise to select a counselor that has experience treating the issue you are seeking help for..

AT, there is an entire network of licensed counselors with expertise in various areas of mental health and counseling. They are here to provide you with supporting counseling and the tools to help yourself. Click here to be matched with a qualified counselor specific to your needs.

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