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A therapist is a person who offers any kinds of therapy. Therapists are trained professionals in the field of any types of services like psychologists, social workers, counsellors, etc. They are helpful in counseling individuals for various mental and physical issues.


Therapist refers to trained professionals engaged in providing services any kind of treatment or rehabilitation.[1]


Therapists can help in addressing a range of issues including:[2]


Following are various types of therapists.[3][4]


Therapist are basically specialized in below areas:

  • Disorders in behavior
  • Mental health of Community
  • Schooling and career
  • Related to rehabilitation
  • Substance based abuse
  • Autism and/or autism awareness


A therapist or a licensed counselor is required to qualify in state licensure exam and also preferred to have a master's degree in addition to completion of internship with a practicing supervisor.[5][6]

Some bachelor's degree holding counselors also practice under the guidance of licensed therapist or a psychologist. Few counselors prefer to have art therapy or addictions prevention training.[6]


Following are the benefits of consulting a therapist.[6]

  • Improvement of physical and mental health
  • Creating awareness on thoughts and its effect on behaviors
  • Practically understanding the relationship between thoughts and actions
  • Friendly support and understanding
  • In-depth knowledge in experience and behaviors
  • Self awareness
  • Improving social relationships
  • Learning new skills in managing stress
  • Interaction of issues like fear and worries with a neutral person


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  4. ^ "What's the Difference Between a Therapist and a Psychotherapist?". 30 December 2021. Retrieved 12 June 2022.
  5. ^ Som, Rituparna (21 June 2021). "How to find the right therapist for you, according to mental health professionals". Vogue India. Retrieved 12 June 2022.
  6. ^ a b c "What Is a Therapist [Psychotherapist]? - The Complete Definition". Talkspace. 15 November 2016. Retrieved 12 June 2022.