Councilor Vs. Counselor: There Is A Difference

Updated September 04, 2018


There are many words in the English language that sound the same, but mean two entirely different things. These are called homonyms. For example, the words 'there' and 'their' sound extremely similar. However, they mean two different things. They sound the same, but one is an adverb, while the other is a pronoun. They sound exactly the same in speech, but in writing do not make grammatical sense. When searching for information on the Internet, it is important to spell the words correctly or else 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 for one who serves 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 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 a 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. That's why working with a licensed counselor is the smartest most informed decision to make for your mental health.


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 counselor specific to your needs. It is important to find the right counselor for your specific situation. That way you can get the best help for what you're going through and be mentally healthy. For example, if you had a broken wrist, a podiatrist or a foot doctor, who does know bones, would not be the best choice. You want to see the specialist who knows how to treat the issue that you're looking to get help with. That gets you on the road to mental health wellness faster.

Here 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 the tools to help yourself. Click here and be matched with a qualified counselor that's specific to your needs.

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