A psychotherapist is a professional who engages clients in "talk therapy," or behavioral therapy in order to help a client improve their mental health, quality of life, marital or partner relationships, family functioning , work performance, improve their health and well-being. Psychotherapists have diverse educational and training backgrounds. They have Master’s Degrees such as Master's in psychology, social work or counseling and are Licensed or Certified by the State of Wisconsin to provide diagnosis and treatment of mental health problems.
A psychologist is a professional who is trained in the science of psychology and who also engages in "talk therapy" to help clients meet their goals to improve their mental health, relationships, or functioning; however, psychologists may also provide comprehensive psychological evaluation including testing. Licensed Clinical Psychologists are graduates of a doctoral program such as Ph.D. or Psy.D. and are also Licensed by the State of Wisconsin.
Both psychiatrists and psychologists are trained in diagnosing, treating and preventing mental illness using various therapy techniques. Psychologists may also utilize a variety of testing materials for a comprehensive psychological evaluation. A psychiatrist, on the other hand, is a medical doctor Board Certified in Psychiatry who is licensed to prescribe medications which may help to improve the condition.
Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurse Prescribers, or APNP's, have an advanced degree in psychiatric nursing and are also licensed to prescribe psychiatric medications.
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