Are All Psychologists The Same?

by Family Counseling of Temecula

The Definition Of A Psychologist

Before seeking any type of professional help, always make sure that you are seeing the right person to help you with your problem.

Are therapists the same as a psychologist?

No, there are other licensed professionals who provide therapy and counseling.

Is a therapist holding a PhD also a psychologist?

No, the Doctor of Philosophy is an academic awarded with the highest level, also, awarded in many other fields, but a degree is not enough to qualify someone as a psychologist.

There are some family therapists and social workers who hold a PhD, and can call themselves doctors, but are not trained or licensed to be a psychologist. Some therapists have degrees in fields that are not related with psychology.

Is a psychotherapist like a psychologist?

No, counselors and social workers sometimes use the title psychotherapist, but they are not, unless they have a license. Many clinical psychologists spend a part of their time to the practice of psychotherapy, but they will identify themselves as a psychologist.

In a physician’s office, you will receive care from a physician’s assistant or nurse. The care you receive will probably be adequate. But you wouldn’t say that you saw the Doctor. Practitioners who call themselves only as psychotherapists usually are not.

What’s the point?

The point is if you are going to see a therapist, you need to know what license they have, and what profession they belong to.

Often when people are distressed and need help, they fail to understand what type of professional they are seeing. If all goes well, it is not much of a problem. But if there are issues with the treatment, it can be very important to know.

Any psychologist you seek consultation with should be pleased to talk about their education, training, and credentials. And you see should ask what type of license they have.

Call Review Family Counseling of Temecula Charles La Vorgna Ph D, based in Temecula CA.

(951) 303-0123.

Think A Family Member May Have An Eating Disorder?

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Can Counseling Help Control Eating Disorders?


Eating disorder treatment

Treatment for eating disorders can include medication, counseling and education. All depending on the person in question.

Eating disorder treatment will depend on your disorder and symptoms. It may include counseling, food, education or medication like antidepressants. It also involves addressing health problems caused by eating disorders, which could be serious, or even life threatening should they go untreated.

If an eating disorder doesn’t improve with normal treatment, it causes health problems, or in some cases hospitalization. Having an approach to treatment can help manage symptoms, regain weight, and maintain physical and mental health.

Where to start

Start by seeing your family doctor or a counselor like a psychologist. You may need to see other professionals who specialize in eating disorders.

For young people still at home, parents will be involved in treatment and will supervise meals.

Managing an eating disorder can be a challenge. You will need to continue to see your doctor, or counselor on a regular basis, even when your disorder and health problems are under control.

Psychological counseling for disorders

Psychological counseling is the most vital eating disorder treatment. It involves talking to a psychologist, psychiatrist, or other counselor on a regular basis. Counseling could last from a few months to years. A number of various methods of counseling are used to treat disorders.

Group cognitive therapy involves meeting with a psychologist or counselor along with others who have an eating disorder. It could help you address thoughts, feelings and behaviors resulting from your eating disorder, learning skills to manage symptoms, and to regain a healthy eating pattern.

Treatment could involve a combination of different counseling. Your psychologist or counselor could request you to do homework, like keeping a food journal to talk about in counseling sessions, and identifying triggers causing you to binge and purge.

Call Review Family Counseling of Temecula Charles La Vorgna Ph D, based in Temecula CA.

(951) 303-0123.