Psychologist? Psychiatrist? Counselor? What is the difference?

Dr. Sarah Kranz, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist with the state of Texas. We often get questions about different types of mental health providers and what services are provided by each. Here is the quick rundown: *A psychiatrist is a medical doctor (M.D.). A psychiatrist can write a prescription for medication, while a psychologist (in the state of Texas) cannot currently do so. A psychiatrist has been to medical school and typically completes 2-3 years in a residency program. A psychiatrist will often work hand-in-hand with a psychologist if a full psychological evaluation is needed help determine the appropriate diagnoses so that the proper treatment can be prescribed. *A counselor (LPC,

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