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Difference Between Psychotherapist and Psychologist

Many people around the world confuse the roles of a psychotherapist and a psychologist. They don’t really understand whom to consult for their problem. So, here you can differentiate between psychotherapist and psychologist.

Psychotherapist

A psychotherapist is one who engages with clients in order to help improve quality of life, satisfaction in relationships, functioning in society, moving beyond trauma and difficult past experiences, performance in work or play, general health, and well-being. Psychotherapists have diverse educational and training backgrounds.

There are many different approaches in psychotherapy, these are ‘talking therapies’ which include:

  • Cognitive behavioural therapies.
  • Psychoanalytic therapies.
  • Psychodynamic therapies.
  • Systemic and family psychotherapy.
  • Arts therapies.
  • Play therapies.
  • Humanistic and integrative psychotherapies.
  • Hypno-psychotherapy.
  • Experiential constructivist therapies.

Psychologist

A psychologist is one who is trained in the science of psychology, which explores the predictable relationships between organisms and their environments in order to understand or to influence the functioning of organisms. There are many fields of psychology, as there is with psychotherapy. Many psychologists engage in further psycho-therapeutic training in order to be prepared and qualified for working with people in a psycho-therapeutic manner.

In essence, psychotherapists and psychologists perhaps ‘see’ the client in different ways. Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapist’s tend to see the client as they are, now. We work with presenting issues in the present and attempt to support the client though the exploration of past experiences in order to offer themselves a new sense of place and freedom in their world.