A psychiatrist, a psychologist or a psychotherapist?
Common questions and concerns that individuals and couples have when choosing a therapist:
- How to differentiate between all the terms and designations when seeking help in therapy?
- What are the differences between therapists?
- Who will my extended health care coverage accept?
Let’s make it simple.
In dentistry there is a dentist, a dental surgeon, a dental assistant and a hygienist.
In medicine there are GPs-general practitioners, specialists – surgeons, physician assistants, nurse-practitioners, nurses, etc.
In law there are judges, lawyers, court room lawyers, legal assistants, paralegals and more.
As you can see, in each area, whether it be dentistry, medicine or law, there is significant overlap in each specialization. So it is in psychological roles and services.
So, when it comes to mental health care, designations are divided into areas of specialization.