When it comes to legalising the use of spiritual counseling, the law is complicated

When it comes to legalising the use of spiritual counseling, the law is complicated

The use of psychotherapy is becoming increasingly popular in Australia, with several studies indicating that it is becoming more widely accepted.

A survey conducted by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) for the Australian Research Council (ARC) in 2016 revealed that more than half of respondents said they were “very comfortable” using spiritual counselling.

But how does the practice of spiritual counselling work?

How can it be done safely and effectively?

Al Jazeera’s Sarah Gorman explains.

Al Jazeera: What is psychotherapy?

In layman’s terms, it is the treatment of thoughts, feelings and memories by the practitioner.

It is a psychological therapy that focuses on the “instrumental process” of the brain’s self-healing process.

In laymen’s terms it is a treatment of the “mental process” by the therapist, who is usually a psychologist or psychiatrist.

The term psychotherapy can refer to a range of techniques that can be used to help people heal from psychological or physical problems.

Psychotherapy is used for a variety of reasons, including: to treat people with depression or anxiety, or in people with psychological disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).