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The difference between Art Therapists, Psychologists, and Psychiatrists

Updated: Dec 5, 2021


We have all been at a stage where we were confused between Art Therapists, Psychologists, and Psychiatrists. Don’t you worry, by the end of this article, you will be able to distinguish between all three mental health professionals.


  • Art therapists are mental health professionals who use art-making as a creative process to improve and enhance physical, mental, and emotional health. They seek expertise in subjects of human psychological theories, clinical procedures, multicultural goals, and artistic traditions. They are trained to use the therapeutic power of art by understanding the individual's triggering points while also respecting their self-beliefs and values. In the treatment process of diagnosed neurotic disorders or other emotional issues, mood disorders, they apply psychological theories and psychotherapeutic techniques. Anyone who wishes to seek emotional growth and self-awareness consults art therapists.


  • A psychologist is a professional who practices psychology and studies normal and abnormal mental states, perceptual, cognitive, emotional, and social processes and behavior by experimenting with and observing, interpreting, and recording how individuals relate to one another and to their environments. Psychologists are of different kinds, some are forensic, organizational, clinical, counseling, paranormal, and many more. They can treat patients who suffer from an eating disorder, drug or alcohol dependency, anxiety, depression, relationship problems, or stress using psychological theories, counseling, and therapies. They can also conduct various personality tests to treat the client better. In India, to have a successful license to practice clinical psychology is to get a complete MPhil from any hospital, college that is registered on the rehabilitation council of India.


  • A psychiatrist is a physician who specializes in psychiatry, the branch of medicine devoted to the diagnosis, prevention, study, and treatment of mental disorders. Psychiatrists are medical doctors and evaluate patients to determine whether their symptoms are the result of a physical illness, a combination of physical and mental ailments, or strictly mental issues. Sometimes a psychiatrist works within a multi-disciplinary team, which may comprise clinical psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, and nursing staff. While psychologists focus on providing therapy, psychiatrists often use a mix of therapy and medication.


The information provided here is just the tip of the iceberg. There are many tiny nuances that these professions cater to which are going unnoticed. But it is better to understand these professions before delving into them. The Art Therapists at Happy Hikkups are trained to provide a safe space for your thoughts and expressions.


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