Therapists vs. Psychiatrists
The Difference Between Therapists and Psychiatrists
Is a psychiatrist a therapist?
Types of Therapists
- Marriage and family counselors.
- Mental health counselors.
- Substance abuse and behavioral disorders counselors.
- Rehabilitation counselors.
- School guidance counselors.
- Illinois offers Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor certifications
- Florida provides for Registered Mental Health Intern and Licensed Mental Health Counselor certifications
- California offers Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor certifications
- Washington offers Licensed Mental Health Counselor certifications
Clinical social workers
Should I See a Therapist or a Psychiatrist?
Differences in Education
Differences in Training
Therapist vs. Psychiatrist Salaries
- Psychologists: $81,040
- Marriage and family therapists: $49,880
- Social workers: $50,390
- Substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors: $48,520
- Rehabilitation counselors: $38,560
Therapist vs. Psychiatrist Checklist
Two Different Professions With the Same Goal
A therapist is a licensed counselor or psychologist who can use talk therapy to help you treat mental health symptoms and improve how you manage stress and relationships. A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who can diagnose and prescribe medication to treat mental health disorders.
A psychologist has a master’s or doctoral degree and uses various psychotherapy methods to improve patients’ symptoms. A psychiatrist has a medical degree and can utilize many treatment options, including medications, to treat mental health conditions.
Becoming a psychiatrist requires the greatest time commitment. Psychiatrists must complete an undergrad degree, medical school and a four-year residency. Many therapists complete bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and some go through a year or two of supervised clinical training.
A psychiatrist’s salary is much higher than a psychologist or licensed counselor’s salary. Therapists’ salaries vary significantly depending on their training and area of expertise.