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What is the difference between psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors and family therapists?
10 doctors weighed in

Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
5 doctors agree
In brief: Medications
Of all that you mentioned, except for very rare exceptions, psychiatrists are the only ones with a medical degree who can prescribe medications.
The other differences have to do with the formal training a person received, e.g. Graduate school in psychology through a university vs school of social work. In practice, the services they provide often overlap.

In brief: Medications
Of all that you mentioned, except for very rare exceptions, psychiatrists are the only ones with a medical degree who can prescribe medications.
The other differences have to do with the formal training a person received, e.g. Graduate school in psychology through a university vs school of social work. In practice, the services they provide often overlap.
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology
3 doctors agree
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.
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