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How do you decide which type of mental health professional to see if you are thinking of getting help for various issues?

16 doctors weighed in
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology
6 doctors agree

In brief: Consult with someone

If you speak to any professional from any of the various specialties (psychiatry, psychology, social work, counseling, etc.
) he or she can explain the services available and make a recommendation for you. If you see a licensed mental health professional you will have the assurance that the individual has passed rigorous exams and is at least minimally qualified to provide services for you.

In brief: Consult with someone

If you speak to any professional from any of the various specialties (psychiatry, psychology, social work, counseling, etc.
) he or she can explain the services available and make a recommendation for you. If you see a licensed mental health professional you will have the assurance that the individual has passed rigorous exams and is at least minimally qualified to provide services for you.
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Dr. Lawrence Smith
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Dr. Steven Hill
Family Medicine
6 doctors agree

In brief: Doctor

If ypu have a family doctor you should get their advice.
If not you probably should see a counselor or psychologist as psychiatry may be very hard to get in to.

In brief: Doctor

If ypu have a family doctor you should get their advice.
If not you probably should see a counselor or psychologist as psychiatry may be very hard to get in to.
Dr. Steven Hill
Dr. Steven Hill
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Getting help

Start with your primary care physician.
He or she will make the appropriate referrals..

In brief: Getting help

Start with your primary care physician.
He or she will make the appropriate referrals..
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology
2 doctors agree

In brief: It depends

It depends on what you are looking for. If you are looking for medication, seeing a psychiatrist is the way to go.
For some forms of psychotherapy and psychological evaluations seeing a psychologist makes sense. You may want to talk to a few clinicians to see what their specialties are and which kind of therapy they practice. Insurance companies usually have specialities on file.

In brief: It depends

It depends on what you are looking for. If you are looking for medication, seeing a psychiatrist is the way to go.
For some forms of psychotherapy and psychological evaluations seeing a psychologist makes sense. You may want to talk to a few clinicians to see what their specialties are and which kind of therapy they practice. Insurance companies usually have specialities on file.
Dr. Barbara Lavi
Dr. Barbara Lavi
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology

In brief: Many kinds

There are many different types of psychotherapy on the other hand, such as psychoanalytic, psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, and gestalt, just to name a few.
If you were seeking psychotherapy, I would suggest reading up on all of these types of psychotherapy, and choose which one sounds the best for you.

In brief: Many kinds

There are many different types of psychotherapy on the other hand, such as psychoanalytic, psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, and gestalt, just to name a few.
If you were seeking psychotherapy, I would suggest reading up on all of these types of psychotherapy, and choose which one sounds the best for you.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Dr. Andrew Berry
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