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What's the difference between a counselor, therapist, psychologist and psychiatrist? And what do those letters stand for behind their names?

They are all professionals who have studied and trained in understanding human behaviors. They are licensed to use talk therapy to figure out your fears, anxiety, depression etc., and to help you find solutions. Therapist is usually what people say about seeing someone for mental health.

The difference is in their education, specialties and years of practice. CTC therapists are all licensed and have joined to specifically work with college students. 

Whether it's a counselor or psychologist, this is what's important for YOU

  • Meet in person to see if it's a good match, it may take meeting more than one
  • Feel safe and comfortable to discuss whatever is on your mind or troubling you
  • Do not worry if you want to change therapist, they do not take it personally

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Dear Dr. Z

College life has been a lonely experience for me. My roommate is never in our room.  Her boyfriend lives off campus so I barely see her. I don't have anyone to eat meals with. I was cut from sorority rush before school began so that began all the loneliness. I am thinking of transferring or dropping out of college for a while.

Lonely in L.A.

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Dear Dr. Z

I have always had trouble making decisions. For instance, if my friends ask if we should go to Chik-Fil-A, Burger King or In-N-Out Burger, I panic. I ask them to make the decision, even though I have a craving for chicken nuggets with Polynesian sauce. The problem is my indecisiveness has spread to my college major. I am a sophomore and have now changed my major twice. I still don't think I have picked the right major for me. How can I figure this out?

Indecisive in Dallas

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Disclaimer:  The Q&A is not meant as a therapy tool nor establishes a relationship with a therapist.  If you need immediate help, call 911, go to your nearest emergency room or call a mental health hotline.  None of the opinions expressed here should be interpreted as therapeutic advice.  Please call a therapist from the CTC network to establish a relationship. The issues/questions are typical of college-age students. They are fictional and do not contain confidential information.

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