The Different Types of Psychology Professional
If you are experiencing problems that require psychological therapy you have many option for obtaining help. Here are just some of the Types of Psychological Help available.
Your General Practitioner is typically the gatekeeper to specialist help. Many GPs have a specialism. If your GP specialises in psychological therapy or psychotherapy for leaders and executives, you may have the solution to your problem close to hand. Few GPs specialise in psychological therapies, and even fewer specialise in therapy for leaders and executives.
Psychiatrists are people who have qualified in medicine and have gone on to take further training in mental health. Psychiatrists typically deal with problems that are so serious that they require medication or compulsory detention under the Mental Health Act.
Psychologists all have at least a degree in psychology, and usually have other qualifications, such as a Diploma, Masters Degree or a Doctorate, if they wish to practice in this field.
Psychotherapists come from a wide range of backgrounds and have usually qualified in some other field before taking training in psychotherapy from one of the many bodies and training providers. Some psychotherapists also first qualified in medicine, as nurses, social workers, or psychologists.
Counsellors come from a wide range of backgrounds and have usually qualified in some other field before taking training in counselling from one of the many bodies and training providers.
Friends and Relatives
Some friends or relatives can have (knowingly or otherwise) the skills of a highly competent therapist. Most of us know someone like that; the person to whom everyone goes when they have a problem. If you have such a person in your life, they may be able to help, whatever their background or qualifications.
Currently, in the UK, there is no need to have any qualifications to practice as a psychotherapist. There is no need to be registered with any regulatory body. Most psychotherapists are trained and qualified to varying degrees. Some to Doctoral standard.