In this section you will find answers to questions that are frequently asked before starting psychological treatment.
How do I find a therapist that is a good fit for me?
If you are looking for psychological support it can be pretty difficult to find out what methods will suit you. There are many different psychotherapy methods (e.g. psychoanalysis, cognitive behavioral therapy, family therapy etc.). Research suggests that for successful therapy the method is not the most important thing. More important is good "chemistry" between you and the therapist. For this reason it is a good idea to schedule an initial consultation with more than one therapist and decide after what felt the best for you.
If you are not only looking for counseling but want to do psychotherapy it is important that your psychologist is a qualified professional with further education in psychotherapy with a recognized method.
What are the differences between psychologist, psychotherapist, psychoanalysts and psychiatrists?
Psychologists have a master's degree in psychology from a university. Psychologists are aloud to offer psychological counseling and coaching. The basis of these two methods are conversations. Psychologists do not prescribe medication.
Psychologist, who have completed several years of postgraduate education in psychotherapy are authorized by the federal office of health and by the health authorities of the cantons to practice psychotherapy. Psychotherapists also do not prescribe medication.
Authorized psychotherapists in Switzerland hold one or several of following specialist titles:
- Federally approved psychotherapist
- Psychotherapist SBAP
- Psychotherapist ASP (formerly "Psychotherapist SPV")
- Specialist psychologist of psychotherapy FSP / Psychotherapist FSP
Complementary health insurance and other benefactors (disability insurance, accident insurance, victim support, german private insurance) can accept some of the cost.
A psychologist who completed a postgraduate education in psychotherapy with a focus in psychoanalytic methods is called a psychoanalyst. The psychoanalyst has studied the theory and practice of psychoanalysis for several years.
A psychiatrist has completed the study of medicine at university. He is aloud to prescribe medication. In addition it is possible that he also completed a postgraduate education in psychotherapy.
Overview of the information site
- Psychotherapy for adults
- Psychotherapy for children and adolescents
- Couples therapy
- Family therapy
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