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What is the difference between psychotherapist and clinical psychologist?

What is the difference between psychotherapist and clinical psychologist?

Doctor of psychology: Psychotherapy is defined as a therapeutic interaction or treatment contracted between a trained professional and a patient; family, couple or group. It may be performed by psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors, school counselors, art therapists, etc. Clinical psychologists are doctors that specialize in diagnosing psychological dysfunction; psychological testing; and psychotherapy services. ...Read more

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Dr. Corey Clay
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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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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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What's the difference between a PhD level psychotherapist and a psychologist?

What's the difference between a PhD level psychotherapist and a psychologist?

Can be same, maybe: All psychologists have PhD is psychology, but not all do therapy, so would have to look for someone with experience in Clinical psychology. There is a degree now called PsyD which is also a doctorate level and they usually do therapy. Other degrees that do therapy are Social workers (MSW or LCSW) or Licensed counselors (LPC), but these are usually Master's level but can be excellent therapists. ...Read more

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What's the difference between psychologists, psychotherapists and psychiatrists?

What's the difference between psychologists, psychotherapists and psychiatrists?

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 psychotherapy. ...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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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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Does a person have to see a phd psychologist for help with anxiety or can a psychotherapist do the same job for someone? D.Ed?

Licensed psych-: ologists (PhD, EdD, or PsyD) are trained and licensed to diagnose and treat mental illness and other psychological disordeers. Psychotherapist is a broad term for trained professionals who do therapy. Their scope of practice is more narrow unless they are also licensed as a clinical or counseling psychologist. The main ingredient for progress is your relationship w/the therapist. Peace & health ...Read more

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Is there a difference between a "clinical" and "certified" psychologist?

Psychology licensure: varies a bit from jurisdiction to jurisdiction but most US states and Canadian provinces are similiar. They generally require a doctorate plus a year or more post doc experience and exams. Most have licensure laws, a few use "certified." Clinical psychologists diagnose and treat mental illness and more. Other psychologists treat developmental/more normal range issues, do research, schools, et ...Read more

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How do I find what's the difference between a psychiatrist and a clinical psychologist?

How do I find what's the difference between a psychiatrist and a clinical psychologist?

Medical vs psych: A psychiatrist has a medical degree and a physician license. Some practice psychotherapy but many only prescribe medication. A psychologist holds a doctoral degree (psyd, phd, edd) from a graduate school (not a medical school). Psychologists are licensed to conduct psychological services but do not prescribe meds. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between a psychologist and a clinical psychologist?

Is there a difference between a psychologist and a clinical psychologist?

Training differences: The american psychological association accredits doctoral programs in clinical, counseling and school psychology. Traditionally, clinical psychologists are trained to be able to evaluate and treat all types of patients, even the most severe. A school psychologist is usually trained to provide psychoeducation evaluations and therapy for students(children and adolescents)but some can do alot more. ...Read more

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Dr. Barbara Lavi
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Clinical Psychology (Definition)

Clinical psychology is a branch of psychology concerned with the assessment and treatment of mental illness and disability. A clinical psychologist ...Read more