Choosing the right mental health provider
If you believe you may suffer from symptoms of depression, anxiety, or other mental health disorders, It can be difficult to know where to start in order to get the best care. If you have a primary care doctor it’s a good idea to discuss your situation and try to get a referral, there are many kinds of mental health providers with different specialties and modals of treatments. Below you’ll find a brief description of the expertise we can offer.
Psychiatrists are medical doctors who have graduated from medical school and specialized in psychiatry, they are able to prescribe and manage psychiatric medication. Some psychiatrists choose to see patients for medication management only while others may also provide psychotherapy.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners
Advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) or Advanced practice Nurses (APN) are Licensed registered nurses who have extra training in psychiatry and mental health. Under supervision of medical doctors, they may offer mental health assessments, medication management and psychotherapy.
Therapists and counselors
Many types of professionals can provide a variety of psychotherapeutic approaches used in the treatment of mental health disorders. Therapists can provide talk therapy, including psychodynamic or “insight-oriented” therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, and others. Licensed Clinical social workers (LCSW) and Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) may also have training in particular therapeutic areas that can be very helpful to patients. Therapists and counselors do not prescribe medication.
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In each of these areas, it is important to remember that there is a spectrum of quality, and so it is essential for people with mental health concerns to find well-trained and credentialed providers that seem to be a good fit with them individually.