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Therapy in San Antonio. Who is a therapist and the difference between a therapist and psychologist?  

A psychologist and a therapist, are they the same thing? Are these terms interchangeable? No, they don’t mean the same thing – there are a few differences between a therapist and a psychologist. Although, the services they provide are similar and  both have the same aim: to work with patients to provide support, advice and guidance, in order to improve their lives. Below you will find out more about the differences between a psychologist and therapist.

What is a therapist?

A therapist is a more general term, which refers to a person who provides treatment to people with behavioral health issues or symptoms. In other words, he or she uses a behavioral approach to therapy and has some level of training in psychotherapy. The term “therapist” can include family and marriage counselors, social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, direct care staff in group homes, and life coaches. The title of therapist is a protected term in some states. For example in California, it can only be used by the mentioned disciplines and requiring licensure to operate. Therapists can hold a Bachelor’s degree in various fields, for instance, sociology, psychology and applied behavioral sciences. They can have a Master’s and Doctorate level degrees, as well.

What is a psychologist?

A psychologist is a health professional and social scientist who studies human behavior and mental processes in clinical or research settings. In other words, psychologists focus on behavior and the brain functions through various methods such as observations, interviews, surveys and other information gathering strategies.  Psychologists have to hold an advanced degree in psychology. That may be for instance a Master’s level degree, and must also be licensed to hold the professional title of a ‘psychologist’. They can also have a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) or a PhD in Psychology degree. Psychologists can also diagnose disorders and problems in patients and then provide a proper treatment based on the diagnosis and clinical observations. If you would like more information about role of psychologist, check out psychologist in San Antonio.

What is a key difference between a therapist and psychologist?

Now you know what a therapist and a psychologist are and what the differences are. However, here is a important distinction between them to emphasise:

A psychologist can be a therapist, but a therapist cannot always be classified as a psychologist.

Can therapists or psychologists prescribe medications?

No. Neither a therapist, nor a psychologist are allowed to prescribe medication. Only a psychiatrist, psychiatric nurse, or general medical doctor can prescribe medication. However, according to the American Psychological Association, there are five states where state law allows psychologists to prescribe medications. These states are: New Mexico, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, and Louisiana.

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What are the types of therapies provided by our therapist in San Antonio?

Valiant Mental Health offers a variety of services that address a vast range of mental health issues. We provide therapy also known as psychotherapy for families, couples or individuals. Below there are types of empirically supported treatments provided by our therapist:

1. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a structured, time-limited treatment for various psychological disorders, such as depression and anxiety, that has proven effective across numerous research trials. Therapist and patients work together to identify and alter unhealthy thoughts and behavioral patterns to provide relief of symptoms.

2. Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD

Prolonged Exposure (PE) is a treatment specifically designed to effectively and efficiently treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PE has a proven effectiveness in the treatment of PTSD due to combat exposure, sexual assault, and other traumatic experiences. The patient and psychologist work together to gradually approach trauma-related memories, feelings, and situations to provide relief from symptoms and improve functioning.

3. Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD

Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD is a structured treatment that has been found to be highly effective for the treatment of PTSD and related symptoms following traumatic events. This treatment focuses on the way the traumatic event is interpreted and continues to impact the individual’s   thoughts and behaviors. The objective is to aid the patient in regaining mastery and control in his or her life after the traumatic event.

4. Exposure Therapies for Specific Phobias

Exposure Therapy is a type of behavioral therapy that is designed to help people manage problematic fears, such as fears of closed spaces, heights, animals, etc. The psychologist and patient work together to gradually gain confidence and comfort with the feared item or situation in a safe and effective manner.

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