People seek mental health therapy for many reasons, including to maintain a healthy mindset, to talk through occasional problems, for help managing a behavioral or mental health condition, or for help coping with trauma. We tend to think of therapy and therapists as this one kind of health experience, but there are actually several different types of mental health providers and it can be difficult to know what kind of mental health practitioner you need. Check out these resources to learn about the differences between mental health practitioners.
Types of Mental Health Professionals
This resource from the National Alliance on Mental Health goes over the several different types of mental health professionals and the training and certification they undergo to be qualified to provide mental health care.
Guide to Psychiatry and Counseling
This resource from WebMD describes the common different types of mental health professionals, their training and limitations, as well as a brief overview of common therapeutic approaches.