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20 Sep 2006

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Hello CS,

I was hoping you could explain the difference between the following 'supports' in terms of qualifications, and in what instances you'd visit each:
Life Coach
Therapist
Counsellor
Psychologist

Also, I'm at a point in my life that I'm feeling a little empty i.e. not being fulfilled by my career & needing change/motivation to change. I honestly don't believe it to be anything deep-rooted (i.e. that it isn't resulting from eg. depression) - I think it's more a case of me realising that I'm stuck in a rut and need to get out.
I'd like to discuss this with someone professional. What type of professional do you think is best suited (& a good choice financially)?

Thanks!
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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

Good response from Rick ; someone in Industrial / Vocational Psychology could help test your interests and apritudes and advise what you'd be most suitable for. A Psychologist is presumably a clinical psychologist , requiring a full degree, postgraduate training, etc. A Psychiatrist needs a full medical degree followed by years of postgraduate training. Both can do psychotherapy, counselling, though people with a lesser amount of training can also do counselling, depending on the sort of issues they will deal with, ranging from some weeks or months, to a year or more, and the longer the better, frankly.
Also frankly, I consider "Life Coaches" to be self-important quacks, with no recognized or properly regulated training or qualifications, and no evidence that anything they do is ever genuienly useful
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