With what problems to go to a psychologist, and with what problems to a psychotherapist?

With what problems to go to a psychologist, and with what problems to a psychotherapist?

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Answer 1
January, 2021

Psychologist and psychotherapist are very close in their specialties, but there is a key difference.

A psychologist works with a person's problem through support, that is, the psychologist does not "help" in the usual sense of the word, does not provide ready-made methods and recipes for solving a problem situation. Its main task is to maintain the resource state of a person (that is, one in which he can independently cope with the problem). The applicant can take resources both from outside (communication with friends, relatives) and use the resources of his own body (appeal to the body). Thus, a psychologist does not "give" resources, but helps a person find them.

A psychotherapist can use in his practice medication to maintain the resource state of the applicant. By giving a person a concrete solution to his problem. Everything has its own pill.

In our country, psychotherapy exists within the framework of medicine. You cannot be a psychotherapist if you do not have a medical degree. Psychologists do not have such knowledge. But psychotherapists are often ignorant of the intricacies of psychology. Medication is always a last resort when a person no longer has his own resources to cope with the situation. At such a moment, the psychologist can refer the person to a psychotherapist.

The best way out in this case is to achieve the client's resource state with medications and support from the psychologist to find a solution to the problem. But, unfortunately, often a person chooses one thing and does not get the expected effect.

If you are faced with a life difficulty - first contact a psychologist, if he directs you to a psychotherapist - do not be alarmed, the main thing remember that drug treatment is really effective only together with psychological counseling. Otherwise, you'll just delay another relapse.

Answer 2
January, 2021

If you realize that you have a problem, in any case, you should first visit a good psychologist. If your problem is outside the scope of his competence, he himself will refer you to the right specialist.

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