Different Types of Mental Health Professionals

Nowadays, it is possible to find a wide variety of mental health professionals because this field has grown considerably in the last century. That is why, when you decide to attend therapy, you should also consider the type of professional you need to consult.

Although all clinical professionals should meet similar clinical requirements for competency, you might find out that each mental health professional different training and specific therapeutic practices or methods.

Here you will find a list of different types of counselors and mental health professional to bear in mind while choosing the best therapy:

Clinical Social Worker (CSW)

Clinical Social Worker












The clinical social workers are social workers who have completed some supplemental requirements to be able to work with clients on a clinical level. They might have more experience than “conventional” social workers because the latest workers do not have the clinical designation (MSW)

What is more, clinical social workers should have completed the required master’s program in counseling, internship hours, and postgraduate supervision hours, as well as, taking the Advanced Clinical Social Worker Exam, which allows them to open private practices for psychotherapy.

Mental Health Counselor (MHC)

As regards mental health counselors, they are counselors whose education is focused on clinical assessment, treatment, and psychotherapy. They are trained in mental illness, psychotherapy, and clinical intervention services.

To be a  mental health counselor, it is required to complete a master’s program, internship, and 3,000 hours of supervised clinical experience to get the license. After all these steps, counselors are allowed to work privately and within clinical facilities.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT)

These kinds of therapists work with relationship, marital, and family problems related to mental health. They are consulted about couples, parents, children, siblings issues, etc.

Their area of expertise is connected to the family dynamic, interpersonal problems and relationships. To get a license they are required to have a master’s level education in mental health and clinical supervision hours, and after that take a clinical exam.

Clinical Psychologist (Ph.D. or PsyD)

Clinical Psychologist












In the case of clinical psychologists, they are mental health and counseling professionals who had received a doctoral level of education. Their main objective is in clinical practice, counseling, and research. Clinical psychologists specialize in various types of therapy, including individual, marital, and family therapy with a focus on treatment for symptoms of depression, anxiety, relationship problems, and a variety of other conditions.

They might offer mental health counseling services, and they are also trained in assessment, diagnosis, and therapeutic practices. But they are not trained in prescribing medication because they do not have a medical degree.

Due to their educational level, clinical psychologists are generally in charge of supervision and managerial responsibilities in clinical facilities, and they might be responsible for patients who need more attention and expertise because of complex mental difficulties.

Psychiatrist (MD or DO)

Psychiatrists are mainly concern about the medical treatment of people with some psychiatric disorder. They are allowed to prescribe medication based on each patient, and they are in charge of its management service.

Every month, they meet with their patient to control each treatment. What is more, most of these professionals do not offer psychotherapeutic or counseling services. But they work close to counseling professionals to follow treatments based on medication.

Overall, it is necessary to explain that each of these mental health professionals are allowed to work in mental health facilities as well as individually as private practice. Every mental health certification has its advantages and benefits and its aim to help each patient with the appropriate treatment according to his or her issues. Lastly, when you have to consult a mental health professional who has met all licensing requirements to make sure you will get the correct care and attention.

If you need more information or assessment in connection to this or any other mental problem or therapy contact us. We are more than willing to help you get the right treatment for you.