What is the difference between a social worker, psychiatrist and psychologist?
There are many differences but in this case it is important to highlight that psychiatrists are medical doctors who can diagnose and prescribe medications to treat major mental health problems. Psychologists have a Masters or PhD in Psychology and have specialized training to test, diagnose and treat a variety of problems as well as conduct and interpret research. Social workers are trained to treat a variety of problems but do not diagnose or prescribe medications. Some are trained to use specialized tools to evaluate and assess. Social workers are trained to focus on how a person’s social environment (housing, financial situation, ability, age, health, family, social supports, education, gender etc) affects his or her health.
All three professionals provide therapy and all three are governed by their professional colleges. Psychiatric services are covered,by OHIP. The Centre For Addiction and Mental Health Website has a more detailed description:
Do you require a court-order for sex therapy?
No, I offer presentence and pre-conviction treatment for sexual offenders. I also treat people who have never been arrested for their sexual behaviour.
Are your services covered by health insurance?
Some insurance companies do cover social work services. I offer receipts with my college registration number so clients can bill their insurer directly.
Do you treat non-sex-related issues?
Yes. I have specialized training and experience to treat people who have committed sexual offences or who struggle with a sexual issue, but I provide therapy to individuals, families and groups who are dealing with a range of problems including:
- Anger Management
- Antisocial Personality
- Anxiety or Fears
- Child or Adolescent
- Coping Skills
- Domestic Violence
- Family Conflict
- Internet Addiction
- Substance Abuse
- Peer Relationships
- Relationship Issues
- Bipolar Disorder
- Impulse Control
- Mood Disorders
- Family member or loved one with a major mental health problem
Sexual issues including:
- Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian Issues
- Transsexual Issues
- Internet Pornography addiction
- Coping with Paraphilias and Fetishes
- Sex Addiction