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
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.