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Fostering Stronger Minds, Enriching Lives:
Explore AIGAS Education for Mental Health Services

Types of Mental Health Professionals

In the USA, different types of professionals can help with your mental health. They work in various places, like hospitals, clinics, schools, and private practices.

Assessment and Therapy:

  • Psychologists: Psychologists have a doctoral degree in psychology or a related field. They evaluate mental health through interviews and tests and provide therapy, often using approaches like cognitive behavioral therapy or dialectical behavior therapy.
  • Counselors, Clinicians, Therapists: These professionals have master’s degrees in mental health fields. They assess and use therapy techniques based on their training. Titles may vary.
  • Clinical Social Workers: They have a master’s in social work and can assess mental health, provide therapy, and offer case management.

Prescribing Medication:

  • Psychiatrists: These are medical doctors trained in psychiatry. They can diagnose, prescribe medications, and provide therapy.
  • Psychiatric or Mental Health Nurse Practitioners: These practitioners assess, diagnose, provide therapy, and may prescribe medications in some states.
  • Primary Care Physicians: While they can prescribe medication, consulting a mental health specialist is often best for comprehensive care.
  • Family Nurse Practitioners: They can provide general medical services but may not specialize in mental health.
  • Psychiatric Pharmacists: These specialized pharmacists can prescribe or recommend medications, particularly for mental health, and manage medication effectively.

Other Professionals:

  • Certified Peer Specialists: These individuals have personal experience with mental health conditions and provide support and guidance.
  • Social Workers: Social workers with bachelor’s degrees offer various support services for healthy living.
  • Pastoral Counselors: Clergy members with training in counseling can diagnose and provide counseling services.

This diversity in professionals allows you to find the right fit for your mental health needs.