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What are the differences between Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Clinical Counsellor, Professional Counsellor, Psychotherapist? A psychiatrist has a medical doctorate [MD], and is the only one that is permitted to prescribe medication. They are also the only ones that are covered under BC Medicare. Although some psychiatrists also do counselling, their main function is diagnosing and treating mental illness.
The differences between a psychologist, clinical counsellor and professional counsellor is the amount of academic training, with psychologist having the most and professional counsellor the least.
Psychologists, clinical and professional counsellors are all psychotherapists. The term is used to differentiate between different therapists (i.e. massage therapist, occupational therapist, etc.). Regardless of academic training, all psychotherapists must adhere to a
strict code of ethics.
Does having the highest degree of academic training automatically translate to being a quality therapist? Not necessarily. Life experience, maturity, and personality bring a lot into the equation. For instance, if you were looking for a family therapist, which would you choose: a psychologist that has never had children or a therapist with less academic training that has raised a family?
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