A Psychologist is a highly qualified specialist in understanding and treating psychological and emotional issues. Clinical Psychologists have specialist training and expertise in psychological assessment and diagnosis, and individualization of clinically effective treatment of psychological and emotional issues utilizing best practice empirically supported techniques.
Psychology is a regulated profession in Australia and to practice, psychologists must have at least 6 years of training, be registered with the Australian Health Care Practitioners Association and engage in ongoing training and education. Psychologists registered with the Australian Psychological Society have 6 years of training. Those with doctoral degrees have trained for at least 7 years. Dr. Traci Coventry has studied for 10 years and engages in ongoing training.
Psychotherapists and counsellors may or may not have formal training as these professions are not formally regulated in Australia, although membership of the Psychotherapists and Counsellors Federation of Australia is only opened to qualified practitioners. Psychotherapists typically have 3-4 years of training. Counsellors may have tertiary training or experiential training ranging from 1 month to longer periods.
Psychological therapy can include cognitive, behavioural or psychotherapeutic interventions, emotional regulation training, social skills enhancement, or personal development work in both individual and group settings.
Equine Psychotherapy is Gestalt therapy in contact with one or more equine co-therapists and supported/facilitated by a qualified equine psychotherapist. Equine Psychological Therapy can include psychotherapy or other psychological therapies, and can only be facilitated by a qualified psychologist.