Psychology is a wide ranging and fascinating field, the perfect career for those who enjoy interacting with and helping people and who have an interest in the inner workings of the human mind. Psychology itself is the scientific study of the way the mind works and the root causes of all kinds of behaviors.
What is Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is based upon a range of techniques: behavioral therapy, cognitive therapy, existential therapy, psychoanalytic therapy, psychodynamic therapy and eclectic therapy. The therapy can be one-on-one or in a group or family setting.
Who needs a Psychotherapist?
Psychotherapy is one of the most effective ways to treat depression, which is a growing problem in the United States and indeed all across the world. Studies have proven that for a depressed person talking to an expert about their condition can go a long way towards helping to resolve it. But psychotherapy can help people with even more complex emotional problems and mental problems, making it a very rewarding yet challenging career.
While many psychotherapists choose to set themselves up in private practice as soon as their training is complete others go to work in hospitals and clinics or residential facilities. Others may work in schools or colleges assisting students with a range of emotional or behavioral problems.
What is the Difference Between a Psychotherapist and a Psychiatrist?
Some confusion arises when discussing the difference between a psychotherapist and a psychiatrist. Both seek to help patents resolve their emotional problems by way of one of the many forms of psychotherapy but a psychiatrist is also licensed to prescribe medications and administer treatments such as electroconvulsive therapy. In other words a psychiatrist is a medical doctor (MD). Many psychotherapists however do elect to study for a PhD, which of course also affords them the title of “Dr.”