Psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors—it can be hard to know the difference between them all. This confusion can make picking the right one—and getting the right treatment—seem more difficult than necessary.
At Brooklyn Therapy Group, we do away with this confusion. We make it as simple as possible to connect with the right Brooklyn psychologist for your needs.
Let us help you understand your options and get the right help for your specific situation today.
At their most basic level, psychologists are doctoral-level providers of psychological services. Services can differ, but they generally include mental health treatment (i.e., psychotherapy) and research. Different kinds of treatment can be used to treat different mental health issues. The most common forms of talk therapy are CBT and DBT, but other methods can also be used. These include Psychodynamic Therapy, Humanistic/Experiential Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, and Supportive Therapy. These can be used to treat trauma, anxiety, depression, psychosis, relationship issues, and all sorts of other issues. Beyond mental health issues, these treatment methods can also treat stressful life circumstances.
Another way to think of psychotherapy is talk therapy. You’ll often see this therapy in TV shows and movies, consisting of face-to-face talking sessions. Duration can change, but these sessions usually last at least an hour. During these sessions, psychologists work with patients to identify issues causing them distress. In some cases, underlying issues like depression or anxiety are revealed.
In addition to the sessions they have with their patients, psychologists also work with a larger treatment team. As part of this team, they contribute assessments, recommendations, and treatments related to a patient’s health.
The biggest difference between psychologists and psychiatrists is that psychologists can’t prescribe medicine. This is because psychologists lack the necessary education and training in medicine. More specifically, psychiatrists can assess physical health and prescribe medications for mental health. They are also qualified to provide psychotherapy (i.e., talk therapy).
Counselors offer similar services as psychologists but are typically less educated. While psychologists hold doctoral degrees (Ph.D., PsyD, or EdD), counselors will often hold at most master’s degrees (MA, MEd, or MC). The term “counselor” is also used interchangeably more than any other title. This makes the exact definition hard to pin down. Making matters more complicated, counselors tend to have very specific areas of expertise. For example, there are professional counselors, mental health counselors, and drug abuse counselors. There are even types of counselors that don’t have the title “counselor” in their name. These include peer specialists, clinical social workers, and marital and family therapists. While this may seem like an exhaustive list, it’s just a small sample of the number of specialties counselors can hold.
This is why if you do choose to work with a counselor, it’s best to do your own research into their credentials. As a patient, you want to make sure that their expertise lends to the specific issues you’re dealing with. Or, if the idea of finding the right specialized counselor seems intimidating, a psychologist may be a better option. With a psychologist, generally, you benefit from more consistent education and generalized expertise.
To be able to match you with a suitable psychologist, we first need to understand the type of help you need. Don’t worry if you don’t have an official diagnosis; treatment can help with that. Instead, we just need to know what in your life is bothering you. You can get in touch with us either by booking an appointment online or by giving us a call, whichever you prefer.
After your free consultation, we’ll guide you through our services. We’ll connect with our network of psychologists in Brooklyn and help you settle on the best one for your needs and preferences. Every one of our mental health professionals has an in-depth bio you can read for your own research, as well.
Once you’re matched with a psychologist you’re happy with, all that’s left to do is start your treatment. For convenience, you can receive treatment in a number of different ways. These include over the phone, over video, or in-person at your psychologist’s office.
We have taken every step possible to ensure safe, effective, and tailor-made treatment. This starts with our diverse network of licensed mental health professionals. Drawing from many different specialties, our network caters to the entire mental health spectrum. We also offer treatment for individuals, couples, families, children, and even business partners. Plus, all our specialized treatment plans begin with a personalized therapist-patient matching process. No matter what you’re struggling with, at Brooklyn Therapy Group, we’re here to help.
In committing to tailored treatment, pricing depends on your specific services. Our doctoral psychologists’ fees range from $255-$405/sessions. This is more than comparable for the area. You can also receive more affordable postdoctoral treatment at $180/session.
While we don’t accept insurance directly, we offer a simple reimbursement process. We provide all the necessary paperwork as quickly and conveniently as possible. At the end of each month, we’ll provide a statement of your services to you either in person or via email. You can then promptly submit to your insurance company along with a health insurance claim form to get reimbursed.
You’re just a couple of clicks away from starting your road to treatment. Let us know what you’re dealing with, and we’ll match you with the perfect psychologist for your needs.
Don’t wait any longer. Connect with the best psychologists in Brooklyn today.