What is the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist?

Many people confuse the work or rather definitions of a psychologist with that of psychiatrist. Both work in the field of mental health, however these are different qualifications, different types of degrees, and differ in application.

A psychologist holds a master’s degree specialising in a registered category of psychology, whereas a psychiatrist is a medical doctor that further specialises in psychiatric medicine.

Practically, psychologists primarily intervene or work through therapy (although this depends on the registration category – see what is a registered psychologist). Psychiatrists are more involved with medical management of individuals diagnosed with or seeking medical treatment for a psychiatric diagnosis.

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