The biggest difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist is that a psychiatrist is a medical doctor. All psychiatrists can prescribe medications, perform evaluations, and oversee psychiatric nurse practitioners. Some do psychotherapy. Bernard Kim, MD is a Board-certified psychiatrist who has extensive training in providing psychotherapy.
A psychologist has earned a Ph.D. and is also referred to as “doctor.” Some psychologists do research, others see patients clinically, for evaluation, psychological testing, and/or psychotherapy. Many people have a Bachelor’s or a Master’s degree in Psychology. Only those with a Ph.D. level training are referred to as psychologists and can be licensed to run their own practice. Psychologists are rigorously trained and have high accreditation and continuing education standards.
Austin Mental Health Professionals: Psychologists and many others
Looking for a Psychologist in Austin Texas?
It is easy to become confused when looking for a mental health provider! There are many different types of mental health professionals, with an array of letters after their names. In general, an Austin psychologist and psychiatrists are the most extensively trained providers, with the highest requirements for supervised hours seeing patients prior to obtaining a license to practice.
Our Solutions – The Psychology of Medical Psychotherapy
Can the spoken word be mightier than the pill? The answer is yes, but often the combination of medication and talk therapy are better. The most effective treatment combines appropriate medication symptom relief with talk therapy geared towards future resiliency. Even if considering medication is important, the idea of putting a medicine into our bodies is a medical intervention and rightly feels invasive. At Pondworks we respect the complexity of how it feels to consider taking a medication and integrate an understanding of what it means for you in psychotherapy.