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If I am having trouble in my marriage is it better to see a therapist or a counselor? Whats the difference?

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In brief: Connection

There is no significant difference for a patient.
What makes a difference is how well you connected to your therapist, i mean you trist your therapist, you feel understood.

In brief: Connection

There is no significant difference for a patient.
What makes a difference is how well you connected to your therapist, i mean you trist your therapist, you feel understood.
Dr. Margarita Krasnova
Dr. Margarita Krasnova
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Dr. Kiran Kamat
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Same

It is the same as long as the therapist does couples counseling.

In brief: Same

It is the same as long as the therapist does couples counseling.
Dr. Kiran Kamat
Dr. Kiran Kamat
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Sure

Phd who does marriage counseling & individual therapy.

In brief: Sure

Phd who does marriage counseling & individual therapy.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Therapist/counselor

Technically, a psychotherapist helps a person (or two people, as a couple) change how they think or feel.
A counselor "counsels", that is, gives guidance, advice, or encouragement to help people through a difficult situation. In real life the roles of therapist and counselor often overlap partly, but you can still choose which emphasis you want.

In brief: Therapist/counselor

Technically, a psychotherapist helps a person (or two people, as a couple) change how they think or feel.
A counselor "counsels", that is, gives guidance, advice, or encouragement to help people through a difficult situation. In real life the roles of therapist and counselor often overlap partly, but you can still choose which emphasis you want.
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Dr. Steven Reidbord
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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No difference

There is no difference between behavioral therapist or a counselor. Some of those may be medical social workers and some may be licensed psychologists, but really therapist and counselor are often used interchangeably.
You want to find someone who is specialized in marital counseling, though.

In brief: No difference

There is no difference between behavioral therapist or a counselor. Some of those may be medical social workers and some may be licensed psychologists, but really therapist and counselor are often used interchangeably.
You want to find someone who is specialized in marital counseling, though.
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
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Dr. Richard Levenson
Clinical Psychology

In brief: Therapist

Both therapist and counselor are really generic terms.
Find a "licensed" mental health clinician, such as a licensed psychologist or licensed social worker who has had specific coursework and/or training in marital counseling.

In brief: Therapist

Both therapist and counselor are really generic terms.
Find a "licensed" mental health clinician, such as a licensed psychologist or licensed social worker who has had specific coursework and/or training in marital counseling.
Dr. Richard Levenson
Dr. Richard Levenson
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry

In brief: Marriage

A marriage counselor is a therapist working with couples.

In brief: Marriage

A marriage counselor is a therapist working with couples.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. TRUC DAO
Psychiatry

In brief: Mariage trouble

Divorce lawyers told me at least 50% of divorce can be avoided if all couples see therapist-counselor-psychiatrist before making decision to quit.

In brief: Mariage trouble

Divorce lawyers told me at least 50% of divorce can be avoided if all couples see therapist-counselor-psychiatrist before making decision to quit.
Dr. TRUC DAO
Dr. TRUC DAO
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