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FAQ 7. A psychiatrist is a provider who has doctoral degree (M.D. or D.O.) in medicine and who has completed specialized residency training in psychiatry. As a physician, the psychiatrist may prescribe medication and order medical tests to facilitate treatment. A psychologist is a provider who has doctoral degrees (PhD or Psy.D) in psychology and who has completed a specialized internship and additional postdoctoral training in psychology. Psychologists do not prescribe medication, but utilize psychotherapy, psychological testing, assessment and consultation to facilitate client changes. “Therapist” is a generic term used to refer to someone who provides psychotherapy to a client for treatment purposes. This generally includes providers who have at least a Master degree in psychology, counseling, social work, marriage and family therapy or related mental health field and who may be licensed or certified to provide this service by a particular board relevant to their graduate training. Both psychiatrists and psychologists can be considered therapist, but not all therapists are psychiatrists or psychologists.
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