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What’s the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist?

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Dr Elena Touroni, a consultant psychologist at a private clinic in London, discusses the difference between a psychologist, psychotherapist and a psychiatrist (a medical doctor who can prescribe medication). The private therapy sessions cover the following areas: – Acceptance & Commitment Therapy – Cognitive Analytic Therapy – Cognitive-behavioural Therapy – Couples Therapy – Dialectical-behaviour Therapy – Mentalisation Based Treatment – Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy – Schema Therapy https://www.thechelseapsychologyclinic.com

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A psychotherapist, again, is somebody who offers talking therapy, but their training is less robust to that of a psychologist, whereas a psychiatrist is a medical doctor that will prescribe medication. The thing that could be at times confusing is that some psychiatrists have specialist training in psychotherapy. So essentially, they have a dual qualification. So, for instance, our consultant psychiatrist at the Chelsea Psychology Clinic is a psychiatrist who has done medicine and he also has a specialist qualification in psychotherapy. That means that because he’s dually-trained, he’s in a very good position to be able to both prescribe medication if that’s the need, but also assess the psychological and psychotherapeutic needs of the client and have the psychotherapeutic understanding that then allows him to match the best psychologist to the client for their presenting difficulties.

Dr Elena Touroni

Dr Elena Touroni

19 June 2022

"Dr. Elena Touroni is a skilled and experienced Consultant Psychologist with a track record of delivering high-quality services for individuals with all common emotional difficulties and those with a diagnosis of personality disorder. She is experienced in service design and delivery, the management of multi-disciplinary teams, organisational consultancy, and development and delivery of both national and bespoke training to providers in the statutory and non-statutory sector."

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Athena Lazaridou

Athena is a Pilates instructor with 8 years’ experience in the field. After completing a Power Pilates Mat Certification in Athens, she went on to complete the Full Comprehensive Classical Pilates Certification with Equinox in Kensington.  She has been teaching Pilates at Equinox for the past 6 years in addition to her own private clients who she trains both face to face and virtually.

Athena has a passion for helping people get stronger and fitter as well as helping those recovering from injury regain their strength and mobility.  Over the years, she has worked with athletes to incorporate Pilates into their training and improve performance. Athena has also worked with prenatal and postnatal women who may be experiencing depression or other mental health difficulties and used Pilates to facilitate a positive impact on their mental health.

Athena is very passionate about improving physical and mental well-being and has recently incorporated Sound Healing into her work, as she believes it to be one of the best ways of ‘letting go’ and releasing stale energy whilst increasing greater self-awareness.