Q: What is a Licensed Psychotherapist? Is every psychotherapist called a Psychologist?
A: Licensed Psychotherapists are M.A. (Masters Level licensed) mental health practitioners. There are many Master’s level licensed mental health practitioners, (LCSW, MSW, LMFT).
Q: What is the difference between a Psychotherapist or Psychologist and a Psychiatrist?
A: Physicians (M.D.s) who specialize in psychotropic medications are called Psychiatrists and people often confuse the names Psychologist and Psychiatrist. While Psychiatrists also do psychotherapy with patients, they spend the majority of their practice managing medication with patients in short visits. Unlike Psychiatrists, Psychologists and Psychotherapists do not prescribe. However, Psychotherapists and Psychologists frequently collaborate with Psychiatrists and other physicians who are prescribing for our clients as we often see the clients more frequently, for longer sessions, and are also able to follow a client’s symptomatic response to psychotropic medications.
Q: Do Licensed Psychotherapist have specialties?
A: Yes, like physicians, Psychotherapists and Psychologists have various specialties. As a Psychotherapist, I see clients of all ages (10 years and up). I conduct psychotherapy with families, children, adolescents, and individual adults addressing a variety of emotional and behavioral issues. Because I hold a Masters in Counseling Psychology and a doctorate in Psychology, I am particularly focused on families and their children. My focus of psychotherapy could be multiple conditions such as anxiety, moods, grief, crisis, relationship, ADHD, academic or career under- achievement, and PTSD.
Q: When should someone seek psychotherapy?
A: Remember that mental health is part of general health. If people sought and received mental health more often, that physical health would generally be better. We do not completely understand the mind-body connection but we do know that mental health and physical health are highly related.