What is the difference between a psychologist, psychotherapist and psychiatrist?
H’vovi Bhagwagar, a psychologist and psychotherapist, explains, “Psychiatrists are medical practitioners who have a degree in psychiatry, and are licensed to prescribe medication that helps to overcome biochemical imbalances and restore normalcy. A limited number of psychiatrists also practice psychotherapy. Psychotherapists are trained to treat individuals suffering from emotional problems, while psychologists work with people suffering from depression to change their patterns of thinking. Psychotherapists and psychologists will often work in conjunction with psychiatrists by referring patients who need medication, giving psychotherapists some background information about the patient’s condition and monitoring the medication.”
It is important to note that only individuals with a master’s degree such as an MSc or MPhil in psychology are certified to practice psychotherapy.
Featured in Mumbai Mirror on October 10, 2017.