Psychiatrist, Psychologist or Counsellor?

Psychiatrist, psychologist or counsellor?

There are differences between a psychiatrist, a psychologist, and a counsellor:

Psychiatrist Psychologist Counsellor
Can anyone call themselves this? No – you need to have university qualifications and be registered No – you need to have university qualifications and be registered Yes – there is no need to have any qualifications or registration to be a counsellor
Do you need to have University qualification? Yes – a medical degree and post graduate qualifications Yes – a psychology degree and post graduate qualifications No – but some counsellors may have a degree
Do you need to be registered with a Board that can oversee your profession? Yes – The Medical Board of Australia Yes – The Psychology Board of Australia No – but some counsellors may belong to PACFA
Are you required to do an internship or supervised practice? Yes Yes – either as part of a post graduate degree or as part of a registered supervision process No
Can prescribe drugs? Yes No No
Do you need a GP’s referral to see one? Yes Only if you are wanting to claim certain rebates on the fees No
Are costs covered by Medicare? Usually but may have a ‘gap’ Sometimes and sometimes there is a ‘gap’ No