Mental Health Specialists.
A psychiatrist is a medical doctor with special training to diagnose and treat mental illness. Psychiatrists can write prescriptions for medicines.
A psychologist is a licensed individual with a doctoral degree in psychology from an organized, sequential program in a regionally accredited university or professional school. A psychologist can diagnose and treat mental illness and do psychological testing. S/he can also provide individual and group therapy.
A Pastoral Counselor has a college degree and mental health training, is a clergy person or a certified layperson, and has had supervised training.
A licensed clinical social worker is a therapist with a master’s degree in social work. Clinical social workers offer couples, group, family and individual therapy.
Drug and Alcohol Counselor
A certified drug and alcohol abuse counselor has a master’s degree in a health and human service counseling field and training in alcohol and drug abuse treatments.
Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT)
A certified professional marriage and family therapist has a master’s degree in marriage and family counseling and offers help for married couples and families.
A licensed clinical professional counselor is a counselor with a master’s degree in the fields of psychology or counseling that has special training in examining and treating patients.
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)
A psychiatric advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) is a certified specialist with a master’s degree or higher in psychiatric-mental health nursing. APRNs assume the role of either Clinical Nurse Specialist or Nurse Practitioner. In addition to the functions performed at the basic level, APRN’s assess, diagnose, and treat individuals or families with psychiatric problems/disorders or the potential for such disorders.
Psychiatric Physician’s Assistant
A psychiatric physician’s assistant is formally trained to provide diagnostic, therapeutic and preventative health care services, as delegated by a physician, and works within the specialty area of psychiatry under the delegation of a psychiatrist.