Monday, 9 July 2018

What Therapist?

There is a lot of jargon amidst the world of psychology, so this article aims to clarify some of the key terms and common misunderstandings.

What is a therapist? The word therapist is defined by as 'a person skilled in a particular kind of therapy'.

So a therapist is non-specific, broad term that can apply to a number of different fields. You can have massage therapists, psychotherapists, sports therapists and so on.

Better Help define what a psychologist is here, Essentially a psychologist has earned a degree in psychology, enabling them to diagnose disorders in patients through focusing on thoughts, behaviours, feelings and emotions. Examples of psychologists include Animal, Child, Educational, Forensic Psychologists (there are many different types!)

My recent post outlining psychiatrists and what they do can be found here Psychiatrists are medically trained which means they are doctors who can also prescribe medications.

A psychotherapist is someone who carries out psychological talking therapies. Often they can be referred to as a 'therapist' or 'counsellor' which can lead to some of the misunderstandings in terminology. Examples of psychotherapy include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychotherapy or Humanistic therapy (there are many different types!) with the therapist trained in their specialised field.

I hope this helps!

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