Many people who I see for treatment refer to me as their “therapist” and I’m fine with that. They also use the word interchangeably with “counselor” and “psychologist”, which I’m also fine with, especially since I am a psychologist. But, really, is there a difference? And if so, what is it?
Certain professions are regulated by the state in order to protect the public. That way, you know that if someone says they are a doctor, accountant or psychologist, for examples, you can trust that they have met the requirements set by the state to practice that profession.