A psychiatrist is a medically-qualified practitioner who will have spent 5-6 years training as a doctor. He or she will then have worked as a doctor in general medicine and surgery for at least a year. He or she will then have had at least 6 years of further training in helping people with psychological problems.
All psychiatrists are able to:
- Assess a person’s state of mind
- Diagnose a mental illness
- Use a range of psychological treatments
- Use a range of medications
- Help a person recover
Psychologists have a degree in psychology. Chartered Clinical Psychologists have undertaken a long training following their psychology degree. They are primarily concerned with the study of how people think, act, react and interact. Psychologists offer talking therapies such as CBT, interpersonal therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy. For further information about psychology, visit the British Psychological Society website.
A psychotherapist may be a psychiatrist, psychologist, or other mental health professional that has had further specialist training in psychotherapy. As well as listening and discussing important issues with you, the psychotherapist can suggest strategies for resolving problems and, if necessary, help you to change your attitudes and behaviour.