Learn more about how a Psychiatrist can help with mental health assessments and treatments, and the work they do in our clinics.
What does a Psychiatrist do?
Psychiatrists are medical doctors who have completed specialised training in psychiatry, which involves the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental, emotional and behavioural disorders. Their training enables them to assess physical, as well as mental aspects that may be contributing to a any psychological concerns.
Depending on their specialty they work with clients using a combination of techniques that may include Psychotherapy, Neuromodulation and Medication management.
The Psychiatry team in our clinics, often provide these services:
- Mental Health Assessments
- ADHD Assessments
- Referral and delivery of TMS Therapy
- Medication management
Psychiatrists specialise in complex mental health issues such as severe depression and anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychosis, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, or other personality or emotional disorders.
People may choose to see a psychologist, for the following reasons:
Difference between a Psychiatrist and a Psychologist?
- A Psychiatrist has undergone medical training and has the ability to prescribe medication and holds the title 'Dr.' In Australia, Psychiatrists are registered through the Royal Australia & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP).
- A Psychologist does not possess a medical degree and is unable to prescribe medication, however would have studied several years in their field to gain specific skills in working with patients closely through psychotherapy techniques. Psychologists also need to work towards accreditation through the Australian Psychological Society (APS). Some Psychologists may use the title 'Dr.' if they have additional completed post doctoral degree (PhD) through a university.
While there are similarities between psychiatrists and psychologists, the primary distinction lies in their approach to treatment. Psychiatrists, having undergone extensive medical training and specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health conditions. They have the authority to prescribe medication, which allows them to provide a comprehensive approach to addressing mental health concerns.
On the other hand, psychologists, although they may not have a medical degree, work closely with individuals over the long-term, utilizing talk therapy and/or behavioral therapy to help patients overcome challenges and improve their mental well-being. By establishing a strong therapeutic relationship, psychologists aim to understand the underlying causes of psychological distress and develop personalized strategies to promote healing and growth. Their focus on intensive and individualized therapy enables individuals to gain a deeper understanding of themselves, their thoughts, and their behaviors, ultimately facilitating lasting positive change.
Whether you seek the expertise of a psychiatrist or a psychologist, both professionals play crucial roles in the field of mental health, working collaboratively to ensure comprehensive and effective care for individuals in need.