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What is the difference between psychotherapist and clinical psychologist?

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Dr. Claude Sassoon
Clinical Psychology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Claude Sassoon
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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. Social workers, psychiatrists, and psychologists all do counseling/psychotherapy.

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. Social workers, psychiatrists, and psychologists all do counseling/psychotherapy.
Dr. Andrew Berry
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Dr. Ernest Bordini
Clinical Psychology

In brief: Can be lots

States regulate these definitions, most psychologists are trained at a doctoral level are specifically licensed as psychologists and complete a one year apa approved internship and a year post-doc residency, then must pass state and national exams.
See: http://cpancf.Com/articles_files/psychologicalcopingcancer.Asp.

In brief: Can be lots

States regulate these definitions, most psychologists are trained at a doctoral level are specifically licensed as psychologists and complete a one year apa approved internship and a year post-doc residency, then must pass state and national exams.
See: http://cpancf.Com/articles_files/psychologicalcopingcancer.Asp.
Dr. Ernest Bordini
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