A PsyD is a doctorate in psychology or an alternative to earning a PhD (Doctorate in Philosophy). When choosing a psychologist or psychotherapist it is safe to think of these degrees interchangeably. Each have a significant amount of post graduate coursework, practical experiences, and proof of clinical competence. It is common for individuals who are not interested in pursing a research focus to choose the PsyD route. Compared to a graduate PhD program (which emphasizes research during training), PsyD programs are more applied and focused on clinical practice.
Yes, I work from a scientist-practitioner model that integrates practices validated by research into my individual or group treatments. Some therapists use structured, manualized treatments; however, I prefer to tailor my approach (insight oriented vs symptom focused interventions) to your strengths. In my practices, I have found that manualized treatments limit my ability to be authentic, and inhibit bright, psychologically minded individuals' sense of freedom, intellectual curiosity, and creative expression.