With so many treatment options and professionals today, selecting the right help can be confusing. Here is a handy guide to help clarify credentials and therapies.
A clinical social worker is a social worker trained to apply the theories of social work as a treatment to psychological dysfunction.
A life coach helps an individual to formulate and carry out individual goals that will assist them in achieving success in the present and the future; a coach is not trained to act as a therapist.
A professional counselor has specialized graduate training in counseling.
A psychiatrist is a practitioner who has completed medical school and has received specialized training in psychiatry; uses therapy and medication to treat patients.
Psychoanalysis is a specific technique of analysis that pays particular attention to the interpretation of unconscious thoughts and feelings.
A psychoanalyst is an individual with specialized training in psychoanalysis.
A psychotherapist engages in treatment of patients by using the principles and goals of psychotherapy.
Psychotherapy is the treatment of emotional problems directed to bring about change in behavior, improve relationships, and reduce stress.
A social worker is an individual trained to help clients meet basic human needs and ensure individual well-being.