Difference between a psychotherapist and a psychiatrist?
Psychiatrists are physicians who have attended medical school and had extensive training specific to the psychological and biological mechanisms involved in mental health. As physicians, they are licensed to prescribe medications to treat mental disorders and can also provide psychotherapy. Many studies have demonstrated that psychiatric medications alone are insufficient to adequately treat and manage mental disorders. Similar to psychiatrists, other mental health professionals (e.g., psychologists, marriage and family therapists, social workers) have received extensive training in the provision of psychotherapy and delivery of evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions, although in general they are not licensed to prescribe medications. In addition to training in the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders, doctoral-level psychologists also receive significant training in administering psychodiagnostic assessment.