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Whats the Difference Between a Therapist and a Psychiatrist?

Question by partypooper: whats the difference between a therapist and a psychiatrist?

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Answer by Kacey
A psychiatrist has a medical degree (M.D.) and can prescribe medications. A therapist is not a medical doctor but usually has a degree in social work or psychology or pastoral counseling. A psychologist may have a master’s degree (M.A.) or may have the higher Ph.D., which entitles him or her to use the title “Doctor” with their name. Most states require psychotherapists to be licensed before they are allowed to practice. Otherwise anyone could “hang out a shingle” and claim to be a therapist without having any training in counseling or other necessary knowledge.

Psychiatrists usually treat serious mental illnesses, often with medications, although sometimes they do talk therapy and counseling with people who have more ordinary conditions such as depression or anxiety. Psychotherapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists may practice particular approaches, such as cognitive therapy (which is often of short duration compared with talk therapy and may be called “brief psychotherapy”), NLP (neuro-linguistic programming), neuro-feedback therapy, hypnotherapy, family therapy, etc., depending on what is suitable for the individual client.

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