In addition to the types of professionals we have already described, there are some other types of professionals who can practice psychotherapy or work as counselors.
Licensed Clinical Social Workers
This type of licensed professional, often known as an LCSW, must meet requirements that are similar to the LPC, and LMFT, described in a previous post. They have completed a graduate degree in clinical social work, passed a licensing examination, and gathered a certain number of supervised clinical hours. They provide the same kinds of counseling and psychotherapy as LPCs and LMFTs.
This type of licensed professional has completed a doctoral level degree in psychology, either a PhD or PsyD. They have also passed a licensing examination and gathered a certain number of supervised clinical hours. They can provide the same kinds of counseling and psychotherapy as LPCs and LMFTs. Their more extensive training also allows them to conduct more extensive psychological assessment.
Certified Addiction Counselors
These professionals, also known as CACs, are trained to provide counseling focused on substance addiction and abuse. There are three levels of CAC certification, which require progressively higher levels of training and experience.
Psychiatrists are medical doctors who have specialized in the treatment of psychiatric disorders. They are the only type mental health professional who can provide counseling / psychotherapy AND prescribe medication. If your counselor or psychotherapist believes you could benefit from medication, he or she may suggest that you contact either a general practitioner or a psychiatrist.