Have you ever wondered what really is the difference between a Psychotherapist, Psychologist, and Psychiatrist? What really happens when you go to therapy?
There are many professions out there that overlap. This ranges from Counsellors and Psychotherapists to Psychiatrists and Psychologists.
The aim of Psychotherapy is to help clients overcome a wide scope of concerns.
Some Psychotherapists/Counsellors teach skills to help you manage difficult emotions more effectively. For more severe conditions, such as psychosis, a Psychotherapist will normally work with other professionals (such as Psychiatrists). This allows for an effective, robust treatment plan.
Psychologists are normally described as being 'applied' or 'research-oriented'. Psychologist also have the licensing to diagnose individuals based on their assessments.
A psychiatrist is someone who has had medical training . The term psychiatry refers to the study of mental disorders. This includes their diagnosis, management and prevention.
Ensuring you can find someone who has suitable training and a background to match is essential. Finding a person who you feel comfortable talking to is equally important.
For more information on when you know or what to expect in therapy, check out our "getting help infographic".
For more in-depth views on psychotherapy, watch crash course psychology.
I hope this post has been helpful.