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A psychiatrist is a trained and qualified doctor who has specialist training in diagnosing mental health problems. Seeing a psychiatrist is generally the first port of call for patients, as they provide screening to assess the most appropriate type of therapy to cater for individual needs.   Following their assessment, they will formulate a treatment plan that will usually include a form of talking therapy with a trained psychotherapist, counsellor or psychologist – all of which are explained in more detail below.

One of the key differences between psychiatrists and other mental health professionals is that they have the authority to prescribe medication that might form part of an individual’s treatment plan -which can often help alleviate any symptoms they may be experiencing.


Psychotherapy covers a wide range of talking therapies with the fundamental aim of  achieving a positive mindset and an improved sense of wellbeing. With a psychotherapist you may discuss life events (past and present), feelings, emotions, relationships, negative ways of thinking and patterns of behaviour.

Pychotherapy has a long history and have been esteemed and practiced since the ancient Greek times. The word psychotherapy originates from the Ancient Greek words ‘psyche’, which means “breath”, “spirit” or “soul”, and ‘therapeia’ which means “healing” or “medical treatment.” In the beginning of the 20th Century, psychiatrists Freud and Jung increased the profile of psychiatry and psychotherapy within the medical profession and society at large and their methods became credible and accepted ways to treat mental health and to promote wellbeing. Their psychological approaches continue to inform many of the therapies practised today. However, while films might depict a stereotypical image of a silent unresponsive therapist and a client lying on a couch, therapeutic approaches have developed greatly and are much more interactive these days.

Six Reasons To See a Psychotherapist

  • You are experiencing negative moods and/or emotional states such as depression, low self-esteem or anxiety. They are preventing you from socialising, working or relating to others effectively. While talking to friends or family can help, sometimes an independent person who sets time aside just for you means you gain a helpful perspective.

  • You identify a certain behavioural pattern such as anger or addiction that has been bothering you for some time and which is difficult to change.

  • You feel stuck or as if life is passing you by. You might be experiencing a difficult life phase or supporting someone else going through a challenging period.

  • You have an issue that is mostly resolved by previous treatments but you would like some assistance to maintain your progress. Alternatively you might have received psychiatric treatment for a mood disorder like Bipolar, Borderline Personality Disorder or anxiety disorders and psychotherapy has been suggested.

  • You want to resolve longer standing issues such as childhood abuse that are still negatively impacting your life today.

  • You are fairly satisfied with your life but wish to optimise your potential. You may be curious to discover new or underdeveloped facets of your personality or to explore hidden talents and creative prowess. Psychotherapy can assist you to decide on a new vocation, pathway to an effective work/life balance or can simply help you to manage stress better.


Counsellors  work with specific issues which arise from current life events. There are different specialities such as bereavement counselling, marriage or relationship counselling and debt counselling to name a few.

After a thorough initial assessment your counsellor will agree with you the goals and duration of your therapy. With your counsellor you will decide on how many sessions you will have and your progress will be evaluated along the way. Each session will focus on these goals through dialogue and experimentation. Beyond this, small tasks may be undertaken outside of the therapy sessions to help ensure that the new awareness becomes embedded into your everyday life.

Clinical and counselling psychology

Private clinical psychologists are trained in behavioural sciences. This means they are able to help examine unwanted behaviours and explain how these might be changed. They conduct clinical assessments, including psychometric tests, interviews and behaviour observations. The results of these clinical examinations may then lead to advice, counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) or psychotherapy sessions.

Meanwhile, counselling psychologists combine psychological theory and research with counselling to offer practical support for mental health issues and life issues. Their expertise can help with bereavement, domestic violence, sexual abuse, traumas and relationship issues.


Psymplicity Healthcare are an alliance of highly trained mental health experts including psychiatrists, psychotherapists, counsellors and psychologists offering a bespoke and confidential service for adults, families, children and adolescents. They deliver psychiatric services, counselling, psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy and psychological services, and provide a reliable, warm and caring environment to free you to focus fully on your well-being.

You are able to book an appointment with or without referral from your GP at any of their Central London locations listed below:                                                                         

  • 1 Harley Street         

  • 999 Medical Centre,

  • 999 Finchley Road

  • New Broad Street House, EC2M 1NH

As we travel through life, moving from one phase to another, it is usual to experience both pleasurable and more challenging emotional states - from excitement and joy to insecurities , sadness,confusion and ambivalence . It is at these more difficult times that it is only natural to seek additional support.

Understanding who can help you and how to get help can often be challenging. In this article the experts at Psymplicity healthcare outline the different types of healthcare professionals offering mental health services, and what to expect when seeing them

Helping you understand the different types of mental health professionals and the treatment routes they offer

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