Finding a Therapist and What to Expect from Therapy

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Finding a Therapist and What to Expect from Therapy Therapeutic services are available in many settings and such services need not be expensive. Contrary to popular belief, most therapists are not in private practice but rather work for state or community agencies or hospitals. There are a variety of "helping professions" available: Psychologists who provide psychotherapy may have degrees in clinical or counseling psychology, specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorders and everyday behavioral problems. Psychiatrists are medical doctors who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorders, especially the more severe or biologically-based disorders such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. They are, at present, the only psychotherapy administering profession to be able to prescribe drugs, although psychologists are lobbying for prescription rights (given appropriate training). Clinical social workers generally have a master's degree and are increasingly providing a wide range of therapeutic services as independent
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This note was uploaded on 04/14/2011 for the course PSYC 2003 taught by Professor Swanner during the Spring '07 term at Arkansas.

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