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Posted by Lori
on August 27, 2000 at 12:22:33:
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As stated a psychiatrist is a medical doctor. He goes to medical school. I am not certain of the number of years BEYOND medical school a psychiatrist goes. The specialty is generally psychiatric evaluations, medication, and oversees patient care in psychatric facilities. A psychiatrist often supervises counselors case loads also. Some psychiatrists are EXTREMELY skilled at therapy also. It is becoming more rare to get therapy with a psychiatrist because of insurance cutbacks. An hour with a psychiatrist is $200 per hour. A good psychiatrist is worth his weight in gold. Some psychiatrists do medication checks and evaluations only.
A psychologist has a PHd or a PsyD. They generally have specialized training and have done research. Psychologists do testing and therapy. I believe they may not prescribe medication. Some psychologists also do case supervision for other counselors. Psychologists are highly skilled also. An hour of therapy with a psychologist is $140.
A counselor or therapist generally must have a master's degree in counseling or social work. They have taken courses in these areas. They are most commonly seen. It is required their cases be reviewed by a psychologist or psychiatrist every couple of months. They may not prescribe medication. An hour of therapy with a counselor is $100 in my area.
All three professions are respectable. All are bound by a STRICT CODE OF ETHICS. It depends on how long you are willing to go to school for and what you want to REALLY do. It is sad to say that insurance dictates what these people are allowed to do.
Good luck in whatever you decide.
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