Counselling is useful for people who need practical advice and skills to cope with difficult relationships or situations. It can be combined with the deeper exploration of psychotherapy depending on what the person needs at the time. If stress or symptoms are mainly related to a specific situation then practical advice and learning better skills of coping or communicating can be effective. Examples are adjusting to changes in one's life such as leaving home, seeking work, recovering from illness or managing retirement.
Counselling is generally more short-term and focused or may also be combined with coaching or training.