Oakland, CA asked in Medical Malpractice for California

Q: If I am not a licensed psychologist, can I still say "I am a therapist"?

Specifically "I am a therapist" not "I am a psychologist".

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Joseph Franklin Klatt
Joseph Franklin Klatt
  • La Jolla, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: First thing, if you are not an MD do not hold yourself out to being one, directly or indirectly. For instance "psychiatrist" suggests a medical license. There are a number of paramedical professionals with degrees . You do not want to be confused for claiming a degree or license that you do not have. If you do, you may be accused of trying to practice medicine without a license. Now there are a number of therapist licenses, titles, and degrees you could have "e.g. marital and family". If you have that license, be specific. If not, be more specific.

If you don't have formal credentials, then change your PR materials. For instance you can be a "xxxxxxx coach" without inferring any degree, but you can still promote yourself and your business. Just do not look like a fake doctor.

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