Counseling is a more intensive and personal process. Although interviewing to gain client information is critical, counseling is more about listening to and understanding a client’s life challenges and, along with the client, developing strategies for change and growth. Psychotherapy focuses on more deep-seated difficulties, which often require more time for resolution. However, psychotherapists interview clients to obtain basic facts and information as they begin working with them and often use counseling as well. The skills and concepts of intentional interviewing and counseling are equally effective for the successful conduct of longer-term psychotherapy.