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

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Dr. Joseph Boland
Clinical Psychology
9 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Joseph Boland
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Dr. Christopher Michael
There are many kinds of psychologist: clinical, counseling, school, social, quantitative, comparative, human factors, industrial / organizational, pure experimental, and so on. Those with licenses are usually limited to clinical, counseling, school, and sometimes industrial / organizational.
Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology
3 doctors agree

In brief: There are many

types of psychologists, school, sports, organizational, neuropsychologists to name a few.
Clinical psychologists specialize in psychotherapy and psychological testing for clinical diagnostic purposes for treatment as opposed to education.

In brief: There are many

types of psychologists, school, sports, organizational, neuropsychologists to name a few.
Clinical psychologists specialize in psychotherapy and psychological testing for clinical diagnostic purposes for treatment as opposed to education.
Dr. Barbara Lavi
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology

In brief: 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. If symptoms are severe, see the psychiatrist first.

In brief: 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. If symptoms are severe, see the psychiatrist first.
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