Psychologist vs. Psychiatrist

Mary Ross, PhD, RPsych, discusses differences between psychologists and psychiatrists.

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Mary Ross, PhD, RPsych, discusses differences between psychologists and psychiatrists.
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Featuring Dr. Mary Ross, PhD, RPsych

Psychologist vs. Psychiatrist Duration: 47 seconds

When you're experiencing psychological distress, you can choose different types of professionals to go to.

A psychiatrist you you would need a referral from your GP and a psychiatrist is an MD, they're going to take more of a biomedical model in their treatment. Their focus is probably going to be on the physiology of your distress and their treatment is going to be primarily about prescribing, finding the right medication for you.

A psychologist, on the other hand, their focus is on talk therapy; helping you figure out what sort of thoughts and feelings are causing you distress, what kinds of behaviors are not working for you and help you find new ways of coping and going forward differently.

Presenter: Dr. Mary Ross, Psychologist, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Psychologist

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