A Psychologist is not just a “counselor” and not just a “psychotherapist”. To be a Psychologist, which is also known as a Doctor of Psychology, a person is required to earn the highest university degree, a Ph.D. or Doctorate in Psychology. Before becoming licensed, Psychologists must carry out extensive research projects on topics relating to everyday human life, and do thousands of hours of practical and internship training in hospitals and clinic-like settings. As such, Psychologists must study and train at university and at hospitals for 11 years on average. If training and expertise are what you are looking for, then you should consider Psychologists as representative of a Gold-Platinum standard.
Did you know that in the province of Ontario, anyone can call themselves a “counselor”, with little or no formal education? Did you know that a person who refers to her/himself as a professional “Psychotherapist” will not typically have a university-accredited education degree(s) in Clinical Psychology that is an approved training program by the Ontario, Canadian or American Psychological Associations.