Psychologists are licensed mental health professionals who have completed a doctorate in clinical psychology, completed required supervision hours, and passed the licensure exam. Psychologists are experts on the diagnosis and treatment of mental health problems. Psychologists are able to perform psychological testing which can be very helpful in diagnosis and treatment planning. A psychologist is not the same as a psychiatrist. Psychiatrists are medical doctors and prescribe medication. Psychologists do not prescribe medication, but do provide a number of other mental health services, such as diagnosis and psychotherapy.
While some other therapists also complete doctorates, psychologists are the only psychotherapists for whom a doctorate is required to become independently licensed. Psychologists are well qualified to work in a private practice setting. All psychologists are able to help general mental health issues, such as stress and depression. Most psychologists choose to obtain additional training and supervised experience in specific types of treatment and presenting issues.
For example, some psychologists specialize in Christian Counseling or Couples Counseling. Some psychologists may learn specific types of treatment, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, or the Gottman Method of couples counseling.
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