Psychiatrists, Psychologists & Counsellors: What’s the Difference?

Psychiatrists, Psychologists & Counsellors: What’s the Difference?

This fact sheet compares psychological services that sex and gender diverse (SGD) people may use. It compares the work of psychiatrists, psychologists and counsellors.

Note: To find SGD-friendly services, please visit see the Resources on this website.

For Medical Transition in Australia

The following table compares mental health services for treatment in regards to a medical transition in Australia.

Differences will also apply depending on the state or territory that you live in. For more information on these regional differences, please visit the Medical Transition in Australia page on the FTM Australia website.

The below table compares the work of psychiatrists, psychologists and counsellors in terms of three areas:

  • Training: What training is required for these professionals to practice? Is registration with a formal body required?
  • Focus of service: Generally speaking, what are the differences in approach between the fields of psychiatry, psychology and counselling?
  • For medical transition: What should I know about seeing these practitioners for the purposes of medical transition?
To view the table, download the full fact sheet (as a PDF file)

To view the table, download the full fact sheet (as a PDF file)

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