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Distinguishing between the different professionals
Psychologists have a degree in psychology but no specialist training in psychotherapy. As a result, they are not authorised to treat people with mental illnesses and work in non-medical areas such as career advice instead.
Psychotherapists have a degree in psychology plus a specialist qualification in psychotherapy. This means that they are allowed to provide psychotherapy but not to prescribe any medicines.
Psychiatrists have a degree in medicine and a specialist medical qualification in psychiatry and psychotherapy. As a result, they are authorised to provide medical psychotherapy treatment and prescribe medicines.
Cost coverage of outpatient psychotherapy
Psychiatrists are allowed to work independently and for their own account provided that they meet the statutory accreditation requirements. The same applies to self-employed psychotherapists; Please note however that a medical prescription for psychotherapy is necessary for the costs to be covered by mandatory health insurance.
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How do I prepare for the initial psychotherapeutic consultation?
You would like to start psychotherapy? You should prepare well for the first consultation with a psychotherapeutic specialist and think about your wishes and expectations of both the therapy and the therapist in advance.
We have compiled a checklist for you, which you can use to prepare yourself for the first consultation with a psychotherapist.
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