At The Online Therapists, in addition to therapists, we also have affiliated psychiatrists. Psychology and psychiatry are often confused, but they are two separate fields.
The difference between therapists and psychiatrists
A psychiatrist has trained in medicine and then specialized in psychiatry. This means that a psychiatrist is officially a physician and may prescribe medication. Psychiatrists, therefore, specialize in the effect of medication on behavior and emotions. Whereas the treatment of a therapist largely consists of conversations and various interview techniques, the emphasis in the treatment of a psychiatrist is on medication. Often psychological and psychiatric therapy go hand in hand.
When do you need a psychiatrist?
A psychiatrist treats patients with complex psychological complaints or mental disorders. If this is the case with you, it usually comes to light during your conversations with a therapist. The therapist can then refer you to a psychiatrist. The psychiatrist will then make a diagnosis and may decide to start medication. Complex psychological complaints or disorders include depression, anxiety disorders, autism, ADHD, or other personality problems.
Choose your online therapist
A psychiatrist can also offer a solution online. For example, if you prefer to tell your personal story from the familiar surroundings of your own living room. Or if you simply don’t have the time, inclination, or possibility to visit a psychiatrist. If you live abroad but prefer to discuss your situation with an English specialist, an online psychiatrist is also suitable for you.
An online psychiatrist can discuss your current medication with you and give advice on increasing, decreasing, or changing medication. If you have never had psychiatric treatment and don’t know if you need it, ask a therapist for advice first. If a therapist deems it necessary, you may be referred to a psychiatrist. The psychiatrist can then investigate whether there is a mental disorder.
In order to prescribe a new medication, it is often necessary for the psychiatrist to see you in person. If this is not possible, for example, because you are physically unable to do so or because you live abroad, please contact us. We will be happy to discuss the possibilities with you.