Psychiatrist They have a medical degree and have specialised in the study of the mind. They deal with serious mental and emotional disorders like manic depression, psychosis and schizophrenia, the patient is prescribed medication by the psychiatrist. You have to get a referral from your GP, if you feel you need to see a psychiatrist. Things to consider are infrequent mood swings, insomnia, you are severely depressed and think people are always out to get you.

Counsellor

They are immediate helpers, who help resolve relationship problems, anxiety and depression to grief. Counselling is usually short term and can be as brief as three or four weeks. They are supportive and skilled at listening and encouraging people to talk freely. Training can range from a weekend workshop to two to three years under supervision.

Psychoanalyst

Trains from five to seven years following the teachings of Sigmund Freud? some are also doctors. They help to change the way someone thinks, based on overcoming repressed and unconscious childhood traumas. You lie on a couch and talk freely about anything that comes into your mind. Seeing a psychoanalyst is often long-term and is often when someone is very distressed.