March 31, 2021

 

Kinetiq Health has started a new series called, Better Health in 90, to bring you health tips in 90 seconds or less from our expert clinical team.

This month we’re focusing on mental health, a phrase we’ve heard countless times over the past year. But do you really know what all encompasses mental health? In this video, Ali Harris, MS discusses the variety of mental health therapists, counselors, and more.

Read on for more information!

Types of Mental Health Personnel

Whether you’re adjusting to a new life phase, trying to restore a relationship, recovering from trauma, or you just don’t feel like yourself, therapy can be a great option to improve mental health.

However, when it comes to therapy or finding a therapist, one size doesn’t fit all.

There are many options and types of mental health personnel to choose from. It’s important to do some research, ask questions and go with your gut when finding a therapist that is right for you and what you’re trying to accomplish. Asking friends and family for a referral, consulting your primary care physician and exploring local resources are all good ways to find the perfect one for you.

To get you started, here are some common types of mental health personnel and what they do:

Psychiatrist – A psychiatrist is considered the highest-level mental health official. They are specialist doctors that receive a medical degree. Since they have a medical degree, they can prescribe medications to patients and typically work in a hospital setting.

Psychologist – A psychologist provides counseling and therapy to treat patients’ mental health. A psychologist provides guidance to individuals to help find solutions to problems. Psychologists earn a Ph.D. in psychology but are not required to go to medical school. They are not licensed to prescribe medications.

Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor – Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselors have earned their board certification, but they do not have to gain a medical degree, nor can they prescribe medications. They utilize a variety of psychotherapy methods and techniques to help people experiencing mental health distress.

Remember, these are only a few of the mental health personnel options. Depending on what you’re struggling with, you may want to consult with a marriage counselor, social worker, family therapist, etc. It might take some time before you find the right fit for you, but don’t get discouraged! You’ll know when you’ve found a great match for you.

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