In Switzerland, PSYCHIATRISTS are medical doctors specialized in diagnosing mental illnesses and entitled to prescribe medication and hospitalize you if necessary. Only some of them are also psychotherapists thanks to years of additional certified training in psychotherapy; they are called psychiatrist-psychotherapists.

Psychiatrists and medical doctors of all other specialties are reimbursed by medical insurances for the time they spend listening to you when related to your medical condition.

In Switzerland, it is the FMH (Swiss Medical Association) which controls this as well as the canton’s association of medical doctors and the canton’s Health Department.