Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Which therapist should I choose?

     Many people ask, "What is the difference between a psychotherapist, psychologist, and a psychiatrist?" First the similarities, we are all mental health professionals providing psychotherapy to clients experiencing distress in their lives. The differences mainly lie in our educational degrees. For the most part, psychotherapists have their Masters Degrees usually in social work (MSW) counseling, marriage and family therapy etc. Psychologists usually have their PHDs, and psychiatrists are MDs (physicians). Psychologists can administer psychological testing, such as IQ, personality and ADD testing etc. Psychiatrists can prescribe medications, which is usually their primary focus.
     When finding a therapist, you must feel comfortable. That sounds trivial, but therapy only works when you are open to help from someone you trust and respect. Therapy is about you first and foremost. A therapist should never reveal too much information about themselves. Your sessions are dynamic and insightful. If you aren't feeling the benefits, talk to your therapist about it or ask for another recommendation from your physician, friend or family member.