Types of Mental Health Professionals

  • Psychiatrist is a medical doctor with special training in the diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional illnesses. Like other doctors, psychiatrists are qualified to prescribe medication. A Child/Adolescent Psychiatrist has special training in the diagnosis and treatment of emotional and behavioral problems in children.
  • Psychologist has a doctoral degree in psychology, two years of supervised professional experience, including a year long internship and is trained to make diagnoses and provide treatment.
  • Clinical Social Worker is a counselor with a master’s degree in social work trained to make diagnoses and provide treatment.
  • Licensed Professional Counselor is a counselor with a master’s degree in psychology, counseling or a related field trained to diagnose and provide treatment.
  • Mental Health Counselor is a counselor with a master’s degree and several years of supervised clinical work experience trained to diagnose and provide treatment.
  • Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor is a counselor with specific clinical training in alcohol and drug abuse trained to diagnose and provide treatment.
  • Marital and Family Therapist is a counselor with a master’s degree, with special education and training in marital and family therapy trained to diagnose and provide treatment.
  • Pastoral Counselor is a member of clergy with training in clinical pastoral education trained to diagnose and provide treatment.

source: Mental Health America

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