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Shenandoah Psychiatric Medicine is a group of psychiatrists in Augusta County, VA specializing in the treatment of mood and thought disorders, major depression, PTSD, Bipolar disorder, and Schizophrenia. The psychiatrists at Shenandoah Psychiatric Medicine are passionate about creating a program of care that’s the perfect fit for you. That’s why we offer comprehensive care to all of our patients through group therapy, single therapy, or cognitive behavioral therapy.

There are a number of names for mental health professionals such as psychologist, psychiatrist, counselors, and therapists. While people often use these terms interchangeably, there is a difference between these various labels. 

Psychiatrists and psychologists are both typically doctors, but different types of doctors. A psychiatrist attends medical school and then completes a residency in psychiatry. Psychiatrists hold a medical license and are able to prescribe medicine. Psychologists obtain a PhD rather than an MD, and they can also prescribe medication in a few states. While both of these professionals work to address and help mental health issues, they have different backgrounds and approaches; sometimes they work in conjunction with one another to diagnose and treat patients.

Counselor and therapist are typically terms reserved for those mental health professionals who hold a Master’s Degree in counseling, psychology, or therapy. They hold both a degree and a license in the mental health arena, but they are unable to prescribe medication. There are a number of types of therapy that they may practice, but many of them revolve around repeated communication between the patient and the therapist.

If you’re considering beginning therapy, you may want to ask yourself what type of mental health professional you’d like to see. To figure this out, you can do some research online as well as meet with several professionals to discuss their unique approaches to therapy and mental health.

For a group of psychiatrists in the Augusta County, VA area, give us a call at Shenandoah Psychiatric Medicine today.