Types of Therapists and Degrees

It is sometimes overwhelming when looking into mental health treatment and seeing many different types of providers and professions. These brief explanations are meant to help distinguish between some of the common types of therapists that offer similar psychotherapy services, but who have various types of training, educational degrees, licenses and specialties. While the training and focus of these various therapist types are somewhat different, any one provider’s training and expertise could either be highly proficient in psychotherapy or relatively novice depending on years of experience and further specialty and training sought after becoming licensed.

Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Marriage & Family Therapist (MFT or LMFT)
Psychologist (PsyD, PhD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist)
Psychiatrist (MD or DO)