When you are referred for counseling, you may be referred to a psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, or some other type of mental health practitioner. All of these professionals are trained in understanding feelings and behaviors and in knowing ways to help people through the difficulties they are experiencing.
A psychiatrist is a medical doctor (M.D./D.O) who has graduated from medical school with extra training in psychiatry. A psychiatrist can provide counseling, but will likely focus on evaluation, diagnosis and management of psychiatric medications.
A psychologist has a doctoral degree (Ph.D/Psy.D./Ed.D) in psychology. A psychologist provides counseling and can also administer special testing to diagnose and treat various personal, emotional and learning disorders or issues such as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD).
A social worker (LSW or LCSW), Professional Counselor (LPC or LCPC), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) are examples of therapists who have completed graduate work in a mental health field. They are able to counsel both those with general mental health and relational concerns or those requiring more specialized care.
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