I've heard of social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, art therapists, and counselors. What are the differences between them?
Social workers have an MSW degree. They have experience in a variety of mental health settings and assist people by helping them cope and solve issues in their everyday lives - like family and personal problems, relationship issues, disabilities, social problems, domestic issues, substance abuse, and more.
Psychologists have a PhD or PsyD degree. They provide counseling and psychotherapy and work with people who have emotional issues, mental illness, etc., and they also provide diagnostic testing that is often key in diagnosing mental illness or addiction.
Psychiatrists are physicians with an M.D. degree with post-doctoral training and specialization in prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of mental, addictive, and emotional disorders. Psychiatrists may prescribe medication.
Art Therapists offer the opportunity to explore personal problems and potentials through verbal and non verbal expression and to develop physical, emotional and/or learning skills through therapeutic art experiences.
Counselors are trained professionals that counsel families, individuals, groups, and couples to promote optimal mental health and well-being. Some of the many issues they help people deal with are marital problems, stress management, substance abuse, addictions, parenting problems, family problems, aging problems, and problems with self esteem.
All of our healthcare professionals are fully trained, licensed by the state, and have experience in a wide variety of mental health issues and treatments. We will work together to find the right mental healthcare professional for you.
What Is Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is a series of techniques for treating mental, emotional, and some psychiatric disorders, and is most often used for psychological issues that have arisen over an extended period of time. It is generally based on talking to a therapist or group of people with similar problems and can be provided for individuals or children, couples, families and groups. Treatment works best when there is a trusting relationship between the patient and psychotherapist (who can be a psychologist, therapist, social worker, psychoanalyst, psychiatrist, counselor, etc.).
What If I need Medication In addition To Therapy?
Psychologists and social workers do not prescribe medication. In the event that medication seems that it will be the most helpful route for you, your therapist may recommend you speak with a psychiatrist or primary care physician. With your consent, your therapist can also consult with the physician to help determine the best care for you.
How Do I Make An Appointment With A Provider At The Waynik Group?
Call whichever of our offices is closest to you. (Fairfield office: 203-254-2000 and Trumbull office: 203-386-0096) to schedule an appointment or to ask for more information. You will be directed to our First Time Patient page where you can read about what to expect at your first time at our offices.
How Quickly Can I Be Seen?
We make an effort to see emergencies immediately. Urgent cases will be seen within one week.