As psychologists, one of the most common questions we get from people we meet who learn what we do is, “Wait, what’s the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?”
Psychologists are individuals who went to graduate school to earn their Ph.D. or Psy.D. They train for 5+ years, but never go to to medical school. Psychiatrists go through medical school just like all medical doctors do and they can prescribe medication. Many psychiatrists also provide talk therapy to their clients in addition to medication management.
Psychologists don’t have prescription privileges. In some states, psychologists are eligible to do additional training in psychopharmacology to earn privileges to prescribe medication. That is not the case in the DC metro area.
While we don’t have psychiatrists on staff, we work closely with a few in the community that we think highly of and would be happy to provide you with a referral to see one of them. We work closely with psychiatrists that are good about being in touch with us about our mutual patients so we can work as a team to give you comprehensive care.