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Is counselor, cbt psychotherapist, psychologist or psychiatrist better for anxiety problems?

Is counselor, cbt psychotherapist, psychologist or psychiatrist better for anxiety problems?

How about patchwork: Quilt approach? Cbt is often practiced by any of the above providers. Cognitive behavioral therapy can yield excellent results. Psychiatrist can be invaluable when psychotropic medications are indicated. Take care. ...Read more

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Psychotherapist (Definition)

A psychotherapist specializes in talk therapy also called as psychotherapy. They delve in to your psyche and help cope with what's bothering you or life in general. Licenced clinical social workers, psychologists and ...Read more


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Clinical social worker vs. Clinical psychotherapist vs. Mental health counselor?

Clinical social worker vs. Clinical psychotherapist vs. Mental health counselor?

All roads lead2rome: Which one to see? Or which one to become? See the one you like the best, feel most comfortable with & feel has ur best interests in mind at all times. Also helpful to see one who has some connection to a doc should you need medication in treatment. Which to become depends on your area of interest, & the legal requirements for study & practice in your area. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Clinical psychologist vs. Rehabilitation counselor vs. Counseling psychologist? What's the difference between the 3?

Clinical psychologist vs. Rehabilitation counselor vs. Counseling psychologist?  What's the difference between the 3?

Let's start with: clinical psychologist vs. counseling psychologist. The former focuses more on diagnosis and treatment of major mental illness but can also treat developmental issues that most of us go through as we grow. Counseling psychologists focus more on development through the life span and not so much on major mental illness. A rehabilitation counselor helps folks back from illness and may train them. ...Read more

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A doctor vs psychologist= who understands ADHD better?

A doctor vs psychologist= who understands ADHD better?

Chicken or the egg?: The title behind the professional is not as important as the years of expertise in the subject matter, the level of interest and compasion for the patients problems, and your ease , trust and communication with him/her.Md and psychologists are part of a comprehensive team of professionals, not mutually exclusive, i propose you see both! ...Read more

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Can a psychiatrist practice psychoterapy?

Can a psychiatrist practice psychoterapy?

YES, DEFINETLY: So far, all this is in line with the New York Times piece. But the article failed to mention that most psychiatrists (59.4%) continue to provide psychotherapy to at least some of their patients.1 Moreover, when we read the discussion section of the Mojtabai-Olfson study, we find an important caveat. The design of their study required that “psychotherapy visits” had to be longer than 30 minutes. ...Read more

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Cognitive behavioral therapy for ptsd. Thoughts or opinions? Is it worthwhile?

Cognitive behavioral therapy for ptsd. Thoughts or opinions? Is it worthwhile?

Find Person U Like!: Current compilations ("meta-analyses") of research comparing the effectiveness of various therapies psychologist don meichenbaum & others call "acronym therapies" -cbt, cpt, emdr, etc- show that one is no more effective than another. But they also show that the single, most powerful predictor of treatment outcome =strength of the relationship between patient & therapist ("therapeutic alliance"). ...Read more

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Clinical social worker vs. Clinical psychotherapist vs. Mental health counselor? What's the difference in terms of scope of practice?

Clinical social worker vs. Clinical psychotherapist vs. Mental health counselor? What's the difference in terms of scope of practice?

Not enough space.: Clinical psychotherapist can be a psychiatrist,psychologist or social workers who passed a board of accreditation. A clinical social worker has a master's degree but also have to pass a licensing board. A mental health counselor has some experience in mental health and usually work with facilities that deal with a broad range of practice and works under supervision. ...Read more

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What is different about psyd vs phd training for psych?

What is different about psyd vs phd training for psych?

Clinical focus: Although both psyd and phd psychologists are trained in the care of those with mental disorders, psyd programs focus primarily of preparing the person to be a therapist and tester, whereas phd programs also teach research techniques and require a formal, completed research project for completion of training. ...Read more

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Does psychoanalytic or psychodynamic psychotherapy work for children with social anxiety disorder?

Does psychoanalytic or psychodynamic psychotherapy work for children with social anxiety disorder?

It can...: Depending on the child that you are treating. No child is the same and should not be treated that way. With social anxiety disorder, it may be useful to take an eclectic approach using play therapy, social skills training, and relaxation training in working with this diagnosis that requires skill building. ...Read more

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Can a behavioral therapist rehabilitate a schizo affective individual?

Can a behavioral therapist rehabilitate a schizo affective individual?

Not sure: I am not sure what you mean by rehabilitate, but i would say that, in addition to medication management, behavioral therapy can definitely be beneficial. Often times, people with chronic mental illnesses do much better with structure in their lives. ...Read more

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What's individualized vs group counseling for addiction?

What's individualized vs group  counseling for addiction?

2 parts of treatment: Counseling may be provided on a one to one basis (individual) or in a group. Most of the time, both kinds of counseling are necessary for successful treatment of substance abuse or dependence. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a counseling & clinical psychologist? I know counseling psychologists being the like PhD version of a psychotherapist.

What is the difference between a counseling & clinical psychologist? I know counseling psychologists being the like PhD version of a psychotherapist.

Clinical psych: focus more on major mental illness and diagnostic testing. Counseling psychologists focus more on human development and the changes and challenges that accompany this process. There is much overlap. Both require doctorates and post-doc training and exams. Counselors are usually master-prepared professionals and may focus on marriage and family, substance abuse, etc. See APA website. ...Read more

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How different is psy.D. Vs ph.D in clinical psychology?

How different is psy.D. Vs ph.D in clinical psychology?

Focus: The psy.D. Focuses more on practice based upon psychological knowledge. When they emerge from school, usually they have moderately more field experience than a pH.D. The pH.D. Focuses more on research, but in clinical and counseling psychology must also amass hands-on experiences. Over time, the two tend to even out, with pH.D.'s perhaps doing more academic work on average. ...Read more

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What is the difference between nurse therapist, psychologist and psychiatrist?

What is the difference between nurse therapist, psychologist and psychiatrist?

Different types of: Training. Nurses learn nursing1st, then specialize in psychiatric nursing or become nurse practitioners. They can give out medications under doctor's supervision. Psychiatrists study medicine and then specialize in psychiatry and medication 4 psychiatric disorders. Psychologists specialize in psychology, therapy, psyche testing and mental health from ba to ma to doctorate and don't give medication. ...Read more

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Why would a cbt therapist refer me to a psychodynamic therapist?

Why would a cbt therapist refer me to a psychodynamic therapist?

Sometimes: Therapists (cbt or other) may find that a patient may be better fit for an other kind of psychotherapy than the one they are specialized in. Just keep in mind that you may go and see the "best therapist in the world" (whatever his/her technique is), but if you don't feel understood, it is be better for you to find somebody else. ...Read more

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How do psychiatrist, psychologist, and mental health counselor differ?

How do psychiatrist, psychologist, and mental health counselor differ?

Therapy vs meds: Speaking very generally, most psychologists hold either a PhD or a PsyD degree (I hold both) and practice psychotherapy. Psychiatrists hold either an MD or a DO degree, and they prescribe psychotropic medications, and generally do not do all that much therapy these days, but years ago psychiatrists would do both. Social workers, psychiatrists, and psychologists all do counseling/psychotherapy. ...Read more

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Difderence between psychotherapist and psychatrist ?

MD degree: Psychiatrists are md graduates from medical school (6 or 7 years in general) who entered after graduation in residencies to specialize for 4 or 5 extra years but already working as doctors with a state medical license (= can prescribe medications, for example). Psychotherapists are everyone, (including psychiatrists, psychologists and sometimes lcsw, etc) who provides "talking" therapies, regardless. ...Read more

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What qualifies a phd psychologist to treat fibromyalgia?

What qualifies a phd psychologist to treat fibromyalgia?

See below: One of the most effective treatments that I have seen is called cognitive behavioral therapy or cbt. Numerous studies have proven its effectiveness in fibromyalgia. Many psychologists train to do cbt and this is what qualifies them. In my opinion, the best treatment of fibromyalgia always includes cbt if possible. ...Read more

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What's difference between psychologist v. psychiatrist v. psychotherapist v. LCSW? Going through a breakup and need to talk. Choices are overwhelming.

What's difference between psychologist v. psychiatrist v. psychotherapist v. LCSW? Going through a breakup and need to talk. Choices are overwhelming.

Yes, confusing: Hi Julie, the choices can be confusing! The MOST important factor is your relationship with the person, so ask for recommendations, and meet a few times to gauge fit. Also, consider education, training, licensing, years in practice , areas of specialization, and treatment approaches/philosophy. Ask ?? Posting link below that describes differences among providers. Hope this is helpful. Take care. ...Read more

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Difference between psychotherapy and rehabilitation counseling?

Difference between psychotherapy and rehabilitation counseling?

Reflective vs direct: Psychotherapy is a broader base and more reflective. Rehabilitative therapy is more focused on solutions for or remediation of specific functioning loss. ...Read more

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