We shouldn’t wait until things are difficult to reach out. Learn more about mental health professionals who can help you overcome or manage emotional challenges, and explore coping and treatment options below.
Types of mental health professionals
Mental health professionals are trained to help patients improve their mental health, manage mental health conditions, or cope with difficult thoughts, feelings, behaviors or situations.
Psychologists hold a doctoral degree in clinical psychology or a related specialty and can diagnose mental health conditions and provide psychotherapy.
Psychiatrists are licensed medical doctors who have completed psychiatric training and can diagnose mental health conditions, prescribe and monitor medications, and provide psychotherapy.
Counselors, Clinicians and Therapists
These professionals all have masters degrees and can evaluate a patient’s mental health and use therapeutic techniques to help address issues.
Clinical Social Workers
Clinical Social Workers are trained to evaluate a person’s mental health and use therapeutic techniques based on specific training programs
Psychiatric nurses can provide assessment, diagnosis and therapy for mental health conditions or substance use disorders, and can prescribe and monitor medications in some states.
Types of talk therapy
Psychotherapy is the process of talking to a mental health professional to treat or cope with mental health challenges.
Other treatment approaches
Most treatment plans involve some sort of talk therapy like the approaches outlined above. These therapy sessions may be part of a larger plan that can include:
Medication is sometimes used to treat mental health conditions like depression, anxiety disorders and bipolar disorder. Medication generally works best in conjunction with psychotherapy.
Group Support (or Group Therapy)
This is the process of speaking about emotional challenges with others who are struggling under the direction of a mental health professional. It is sometimes used to address challenges and conditions like substance use disorder, eating disorders, or the death of loved ones.
In-patient treatment takes place in a medical or mental health facility and may be helpful for more serious conditions like bipolar disorder and schizophrenia that require monitoring treatment in a safe, controlled environment, as well as problems associated with dangerous behaviors like eating disorders and self-injury.
Electroconvulsive Therapy is a psychiatric treatment in which seizures in the brain are electrically induced in patients to provide relief from mental health conditions.
Mental health professionals are trained to support people who are struggling with any mental health challenge. If you need immediate help, please use one of the first two resources below to talk to a trained counselor 24/7.