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How a Therapist Differs from a Psychologist

Are you looking for the best person to talk about various personal or professional issues you have been facing? You can have a couple of choices like a therapist, psychologist, psychiatrist, counselor, and more. It can help you only if you know the exact difference between them all. The two major confusing choices are a therapist and a psychologist. Here, Dr. Eva might help you in understanding this.


Psychologists, with the exception of School Psychologists, must hold a doctorate in the field of psychology. A psychologist is also licensed in their state. The term “psychologist” is a legally protected term, that can only be used by those hold that license. Psychologists often use psychological tests and assessments to come up with a diagnosis. Psychologists often work in research or in industry, as well as seeing clients. Their job is to analyze and diagnose the problems/disorders in their clients or patients. On the basis of the observations and clinical diagnoses, they determine the best treatment for them. They believe in providing guidance and support which will further help the patient in taking important decisions of his/her life by understanding their own feelings and desires. A psychologist and a patient often work as a team while tackling the core issues.


Therapist on the other hand is a generic term that can include many different professions, such as masters level clinicians, social workers, and marriage counselors. They may hold relevant degrees like Master’s Degrees in different fields, though it is not a requirement. Like the psychologists, therapists also render support and guidance to their clients in order to help in taking decisions by clarifying their feelings.

What’s the Major Difference?

1. psychologist can be referred to as a social scientist that undergoes intensive training to study complex mental processes and human behavior. They require an advanced license and a degree to practice on an individual level. They are associated with the diagnosis of mental problems and disorders, as well as conducting psychological testing and assessment.

2. A therapist is a much broader term used for professionals who are involved in providing varied treatments and rehab services to their clients. They can be a marriage counselor, guide, school student counselor, etc.

3. These are some major differences between a psychologist in Boulder Colorado and a therapist. The skills set possessed by both are somewhat similar as their job is to understand and support their client’s emotional needs. Interpersonal skills like communication, compassion, and listening abilities are very essential for both these roles. They should be very organized in terms of data and record management. You must make sure that you consider the experience and qualification of the professionals before choosing the right one for your treatment. You can reach Eva Malanowski at 303-242-7824 for licensed and professional help.

2019-05-27T13:06:13+00:00February 28th, 2019|Psychologist, Therapist|8 Comments

About the Author:

Dr. Eva Malanowski
As a Transformational Psychologist and Life Coach for relationship trauma and related addictions, Dr. Eva specializes in helping growth-oriented professionals release the patterns that keep them emotionally stuck and unfulfilled. Dr. Eva’s work combines her experience as a classically trained, science-based psychologist, with spirituality, Inner Guidance, hypnosis, energy healing, energy psychology and shamanic traditions. While her work is solidly based in science, it’s by going beyond where traditional psychology has gone, that she has found the power to help her clients heal from childhood trauma and related addictions. She received a master’s and doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Baylor University and a post-doctoral fellowship in Psychology from the University of Colorado Health Sciences. Follow Dr. Eva Malanowski on Facebook , Instagram  and LinkedIn


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