What can clinical psychologists do that psychiatrists can't do?

For example, I know that psychiatrists can prescribe medicine and psychologists CAN'T, but are there any things that clinical psychologists are specialised in that psychiatrists aren't? If not, then why do we have psychologists and not just psychiatrists? Sorry if it sounds like a stupid question, I'm just a little confused lol.

7 Answers

  • 9 years ago
    Best answer

    No not really-They're pretty much the same although pyschiatrists may push the medication a little more. The psychologist can suggest medicine but can't prescribe it. Different people, whether they are a psychologist or psychiatrist, may be more specialized in a specific area, such as depression or such.

  • heike
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    the form of training each gets is the numerous distinction. Psychiatrists first attend scientific business enterprise and then concentration on psychiatry. that shows they seem at matters from a medical or ailment perspective. and that's the point why therapy is a substantial utility for psychiatrists. medical psychologists get carry of a doctoral degree that does no longer incorporate medical training. rather, they're expert as scientists and technique matters from a scientist / practitioner perspective. So besides the reality that the two have doctoral tiers, that would not reflect the adjustments in the coaching they receive (after all, which you will get a doctoral degree and be a dentist, an english professor, or a physiotherapist.) The doctoral degree shows a point of training, yet now no longer this type of training.

  • 9 years ago


    There is not much difference in education, however, Clinical Psychologists are not able to prescribe medication. Psychiatrists are qualified doctors who are able to prescribe medication and do procedures like ECT, whereas psychologists often use 'talking therapy' or 'behaviour change therapy' like cognitive behavioural therapy. In the UK clinical psychologists are now under the umbrella of the Health Professions Council whereby they are properly regulated and now must do a doctorate, and rightly so. I will train as a clin psy for 8 years whereas as medic trains for 5 years, also most doctors do not hold a doctorate so most clinical psychologists are actually most credible doctors to hold the title 'doctor'.

    If you are interested in becoming a clinical psychologist i would advise you to google ' the clearing house for clinical psychology courses' if you are in the UK. If you are quick enough with your application, i know this year that the applications have to be in by the 1st Dec 2010.

    Hope I've helped you a little

    Source(s): I am a trainee clin psy
  • 9 years ago

    It's very common for psychiatrists these days to do nothing but refer their patients to a psychologist for therapy and see patients for occasional15-minute sessions to make decisions about what to prescribe. What the old-fashioned psychiatrists do is largely a matter of speculation. Psychologists use evidence-based programs.

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  • 9 years ago

    Psychologists are trained to get you to work through the problem without the use of drugs ( a large majority of the population don't like taking prescribed medication or are even forbidden in their faith) they are also able to provide meditation and breathing techniques for things such as panic attacks.

  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    A Psychiatrist has studied medicine and the human body, and drugs is his primary tool.

    A Psychologist has studied the human mind, thought and behaviour, and psychotherapy is his primary tool.

  • J A S
    Lv 4
    9 years ago

    Think with the mind about mind problems instead of blaming it on the brain and body.

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