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So, which 'psycho' is for me?

I am guessing that you have been thinking about 'seeing someone' for a while? It isn't usually an off-the-cuff decision, rather one that takes courage and research ... you want to share your story, share your pain, be vulnerable ... but in front of whom?

What is the difference between psychiatrist, psychologist, psychoanalyst, psychotherapist - big job titles but what do they actually mean? Let's do some simple unpacking ...

  • A psychiatrist is a medical practitioner who specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness and can prescribe medicine.
  • A psychologist is an expert or specialist in psychology; a person who specialises in the study of the mind and behaviour or in the treatment of mental, emotional, and behavioural disorders.
  • A psychoanalyst helps clients tap into their unconscious mind to recover repressed emotions and deep-seated, sometimes forgotten experiences. By gaining a better understanding of their subconscious mind, patients acquire insight into the internal motivators that drive their thoughts and behaviours.
  • A Psychotherapist (counsellor) helps individuals who are experiencing emotional and psychological difficulties to understand their problems and to make appropriate changes to their lives.

Which am I? Well, I am a counsellor with psychoanalytic training,

When deciding to see someone for 'talk therapy' it is really important to understand the definitions and the job roles to make sure that you are seeing the right person to help you.

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