What are the different kinds of psychotherapists?

At Vita Nova, we are all Clinical Psychologists. We obtained doctoral degrees in psychology and completed additional postdoctoral training before becoming licensed. We specialize in talk therapy and while we do not prescribe medications, we can collaborate closely with any prescribing physician.

Psychiatrists are physicians, and they attend medical school. They focus primarily on biological aspects of mental illness. They can prescribe medications and some provide talk therapy as well.

Other psychotherapists (e.g, Social Workers, Clinical Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Pastoral Counselors) typically obtain masters degrees and can provide psychotherapy, either under supervision or independently.

In our experience, there are many excellent professionals licensed under each of these different titles. Most important is to find a psychotherapist who is the right fit, as we explain below.

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