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What is a Psychotherapist
Written by:

Rabia Khaliq

MSc in Applied Psychology


Talk therapy or psychotherapy [1*] is a treatment approach for helping people with emotional difficulties and mental illnesses. Psychotherapy is provided by various professionals such as psychologists, counselors, and psychotherapists. Psychotherapists, in general, serve as a guide to help their patients comprehend their condition, cope with daily life, and manage their mental health. Continue reading to learn what a psychotherapist is and how they work.

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What Is a Therapist?

A Psychotherapist is a mental health professional who specializes in treating patients with emotional and mental health issues. They systematically use therapeutic techniques to help patients manage their emotional traumas and acute mental problems. Although psychotherapy is often used with medication to help patients progress more efficiently, a psychotherapist is not licensed to give medication. Psychotherapists [2*] are empathetic and nonjudgmental. They have been specifically trained to listen to and analyze their patient’s psychological requirements to assist them appropriately.

What Does a Therapist Do?

Psychotherapists make use of talk therapy to help patients overcome their issues. While using talking therapy, a psychotherapist ensures that the goals of treatment [3*] are fulfilled by making the following steps:

  • Discussing the problem with a client and trying to engage them in the discussion.
  • Guiding a client to find solutions to the problems.
  • Analyzing conversations.
  • Helping to modify the client’s behavior.

Psychotherapists can use several therapeutic techniques, including cognitive behavior therapy, psychoanalysis, family therapy, etc.

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What Can a Psychotherapist Treat?

You can decide to see a therapist for different reasons Because these professionals are trained to deal with a variety of conditions. Some common issues dealt with by a psychotherapist include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Traumas
  • Relationship issues
  • Stress
  • Low self-esteem
What can a psychotherapist treat?

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Psychotherapist Vs Psychologist

Psychotherapists and Psychologists [4*] are professionals considered to overlap in different aspects. Although they are highly linked, there are some essential distinctions between them.





Psychologists study people’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors using a scientific method to help them understand and control their actions.

Psychotherapists may give family therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, or something else, depending on their area of specialization.


Psychologists get training and education with a primary emphasis on academics. The majority have doctorates in psychology. Academic training enables psychologists to provide evidence-based training and treatment.

Psychotherapists are required to receive a bachelor’s degree in psychology or a relevant field. They must have formal training in criminal justice medicine and public policy.


Only after graduating can psychologists apply for and obtain a license to practice. The requirements for becoming a licensed psychologist vary by state [5*] .

Many states permit psychotherapists to practice without a license (however, they must get an appropriate diploma or complete a course), but membership in a reputable professional organization is recommended.

Where to Find a Therapist?

Psychotherapists provide their services online and via in-person sessions as well. Both in-person and online therapy sessions are considered equally effective. The best way to find a therapist is to get in touch with them yourself. There are many platforms offering mental health services out there for online consultation, such as MEDvidi. You can get in touch with a professional therapist by just signing up and making an appointment.

End Note

The blog post hopefully has cleared your ambiguities about what a psychotherapist is. The role of psychotherapists is very significant and versatile in mental health. If you have any emotional or mental issues, contact us at MEDvidi to contact a professional psychotherapist.


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Written by:

Rabia Khaliq

MSc in Applied Psychology


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