Q. What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?
For that matter, when should I see a counselor or therapist? What do the terms mean?
A psychologist is an individual who usually holds a PhD in counseling or psychology, and provides the majority of treatment through talking and listening. Counselors and therapists also have advanced degrees in the counseling and psychology fields.
If you are considering seeing a mental health specialist, ask your physician if there is someone they can recommend. If there is someone they trust, ask for their phone number and call them.
Most therapists will gladly answer any questions you have before the first "in person" visit.