In this article we will look at the key differences between the three titles
The difference between therapist, psychiatrist and psychologist
Often the titles are used interchangeably, but there is a difference
- A therapist (this article) is a broad term used for someone who employs psycho-therapy or other therapy methods in their work. They can be both licensed (graduate degrees) and self-taught. Licensed therapists typically have a masters degree. It is also a very broad term used for many types of professions.
- A psychologist (see how to become a psychologist) is a slightly more clinical, scientific and academical profession, and requires a masters or doctorate degrees for the use of the title. They are also employed in agencies and marketing companies.
- A psychiatrist requires training as a medical doctor first and typically work in private practices, clinics or hospitals. One key difference is that they can assign drug treatments.
- Thinking of therapy? (Guardian.com)