What is the difference between a MFT, LCSW, Psychologist, and Psychiatrist?
MFT or LMFT: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist has a master's degree in psychology, counseling psychology, clinical psychology, or marital and family therapy. Their primary service is counseling and psychotherapy from a variety of therapeutic orientations with individuals, couples, families, and groups.
LCSW: Licensed Clinical Social Worker has a master's degree in clinical social work. Their primary service is psychosocial diagnosis, assessment and treatment, client advocacy, consultation, evaluation and research.
Psychologist: Possesses a doctoral degree in psychology or a related field with a license to practice therapy and conducts psychological testing and research.
Psychiatrist: A medical doctor who specializes in psychiatry. Their primary service is prescribing and monitoring psychotropic medications and sometimes offers psychotherapy.
How can therapy help me?
- Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
- Developing skills for improving your relationships
- Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
- Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
- Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
- Improving communications and listening skills
- Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
- Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage
- Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
Do I really need therapy? I can usually handle my problems.
Why do people go to therapy and how do I know if it is right for me?