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What is the difference between a therapist and counselor and what kind of education do they need to possess?

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2009-05-21 16:21:08
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What's the difference between a Counselor, Therapist and Psychotherapist? This is primarily a question of semantics. Traditionally, those with an LPC license call themselves Counselors, those with an LCSW call themselves Therapists, and those with a MD, PhD or PsyD call themselves Psychotherapists. If these terms are defined narrowly, a Counselor outlines problems, finds solutions, helps in decision making, and provides educational information; a Psychotherapist does in-depth analysis of a client's psychological makeup. However, all these professionals usually do both kinds of therapy to some degree.

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