Frequently asked questions
Tuesday June 25 2019What is the difference between a psychologist, a psychotherapeut and a psychiatrist?
A psychologist has completed an academic education in the behavioral sciences (Psychology) and has dedicated him or herself to a particular field, such as industrial/organizational psychology, social psychology or clinical psychology (study of people who contend with a psychological disorder).
A psychotherapeut has completed an academic education in behavioutal sciences (Psychology) and he/she did a follow-up 4-years post-doctoral education Psychotherapy.
A psychiatrist has completed an academic education in the medical sciences, and as a doctor has dedicated him or herself to psychiatry (study of people who contend with a very serious psychological disorder). Based on his or her professional authority, a psychiatrist is permitted to prescribe pharmaceuticals.
What types of therapy are there?
Differentiation is possible in several ways:
Based on the number of clients: individual therapy, relationship therapy, and group therapy.
On the basis of the theoretical underpinnings: Psycho-analysis (with Freud as founder), Client-centered therapy (Rogers), Gestalt-therapy (Perls), Behavioral therapy (Learning theory), Body centered therapy (Lowen and others), Cognitive therapy (Black and others), System therapy (Pallazoli and others), Rational-Emotive Behavior therapy (Ellis/Diekstra), Transactional Analysis (Berne), etc., etc.. A modern therapist will often integrate a number of these approaches.
Based on therapist attitude: directive (therapist intervenes, gives assignments etc.) non-directive (therapist intervenes as little as possible).
Based on therapy length: short-term (1-16 consultations) medium-term (17-30 consultations) long-term (30-90 or more consultations).
Based on applied technology: e.g., hypnotherapy (employing hypnosis). PTG offers primarily individual forms of therapy and relationship therapy on the basis of behavioral therapy, cognitive therapy, system therapy, REBT and TA with the psychologist employing a more or less directive approach.
PTG offers maily individual therapy on the basis of behavioral therapy, cognitive therapy, system therapy, Transactional Analysis and a more or less directive attitude of the psychologist.
There is opportunity to participate in 'Basis GGZ' and 'Gezondheidszorgpsychologie'.