First and foremost, a therapist is a person who works to understand your specific needs and troubles and offers comfort and healing when you hurt.
A therapist is a person who journeys with you during difficult times in your life and remains hopeful for change through the therapy process. A therapist helps you gain insight to your life, develop an understanding about problems, and facilitates productive change. A therapist cares about you and your life experiences.
Many types of therapists exist and specialize in the treatment of specific populations. Psychologists, psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, and counselors are all types of therapists. The work of therapists differs among the population in which the therapist works. A therapist who is specialized in the treatment of children would work much differently than a therapist who is specialized in the treatment of depression.