Therapist or a Psychologist- your choice

When my doctor diagnosed me with anxiety and depression I actually felt like my world was crashing down around me then I decided this will not take me out, I can find someone to understand, someone who can offer the advice needed to help me over come this.
Then I got a referral to the worlds greatest counselor/ therapist.  my first couple of sessions, were hard, it was hard to be so open to someone who was writing down everything you said, what if someone got that report and everyone knew my greatest fears  ( like being scared of the dark), the more sessions I had, the better I began to feel, then I would actually look forward to our sessions, I would make notes of things I wanted to discuss with her, we talked meds, fears, how to over come etc. She has changed my life and made a big impact on my life and to be honest without her I am not sure where I would be, the anxiety was taking over my life and I felt like I had no control.
I wanted to share the difference between seeing a therapist ( who I saw) and seeing a Psychologist... To be honest I have seen both and they are both so beneficial.

Personally I have found the psychologist is great when it comes to medication question or which would be better for you, a therapist is amazing for talking through the problems, it really really depends on what you want to discuss and what your diagnosis and your doctor's recommendation. 

What Is The Difference Between A Therapist And A Psychologist?

Psychologists have a degree in psychology and often have taken advanced studies in the same field and even achieved doctorate or Ph.D. study levels. They may also be continuing to study in the same field or do research on topics that interest them along with colleagues or as faculty for higher education facilities. Their job is to diagnose patients and clients and determine treatments based on their observations. They have a strong role in providing support and guidance and can help patients make decisions, understand what they're going through and clarify their feelings to determine their next step better. They often work as part of a team when it comes to tackling a patient's problems, commonly with a psychiatrist. While they can't prescribe medication the psychiatrist can, this pair complements each other well in treatment.


Therapists, on the other hand, can encompass any number of different professions, many without official degrees in their field. The term therapist has often been used to encompass life coaches, social workers, and a variety of counselors. Because of this, they may hold a degree in various fields (if they do hold one at all) including an MD, Ph.D. or Masters. While they may also provide guidance and support, their function is altogether different based on their area of interest and their level of qualifications.

What Is The Difference Between A Therapist And A Psychologist?

The biggest difference between a therapist and a psychologist has to be the fact that psychologist is a trained social scientist. Their studies lead them deeper into counseling and research and are determined with the letters PsyD rather than just Ph.D., though there is a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology which is based more on theory and less on actual counseling methods. While either can practice therapy, both must still spend years under the supervision of other licensed practitioners before being granted a license of their own to practice.
Psychologists usually diagnose mental disorders and work with doctors to determine patient medications. They are part of the recognized healthcare niche whereas a therapist might not even have a license or academic training that a psychologist does. Perhaps you've heard the term "clinical psychologist?" A clinical psychologist is a mental health professional who has special training and can diagnose mental illnesses and identify chronic behavioral problems.

Do not feel ashamed or upset, seek the help that is available to you.

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