The Different Types of Mental Health Professionals

Posted on July 28, 2020

by Daphne Bechrakis

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. 

Daphne Bechrakis

Daphne Bechrakis

Daphne is a Public Services Librarian and Harry Potter enthusiast. In her free time, she enjoys reading, adding books to her ever-growing “to-be-read” list, hiking, and watching terrible movies with friends. One of her current life goals is to collect the entirety of the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett. Her bucket list includes seeing the Aurora Borealis and going to Yellowstone National Park. She is the proud owner of a spider-plant named Skullcrusher III, first of its kind, which she has somehow managed not to kill yet.
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