How are a clinical/counseling psychologist, master's level counselor and psychiatrist different from each other? Under what circumstances would you likely encourage a close relative - child, spouse, parent, or friend - to see a psychologist rather than a psychiatrist?
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Differences in Psych Professions
How is a clinical/counseling psychologist, master's level counselor and psychiatrist different from each other?
A clinical/counseling psychologist and master's level counselor are more similar in comparison to a psychiatrist whom is usually a medical doctor (MD) with an ability to write prescriptions. In addition, counselors focus more on psychologically healthy individuals and clinical psychologists (regardless of masters or doctoral levels) focus on individuals with serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia. However, to be more precise according to the U.S. Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS):
- Counselors work in diverse community settings designed to provide a variety of counseling, rehabilitation, and support services. Their duties vary greatly, depending on their specialty, which is determined ...
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