Types of Therapists
- Psychiatrists: Medical Doctors (MD) who have specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health problems, and can prescribe medication.
- Psychologists: Hold a PhD (DOctor of Philosophy), PsyD (Doctor of Psychology), or EdD (Doctor of Education) and 4 years graduate training in clinical or counseling psychology and another 1 to 2 years of supervised clinical experience to be licensed to practice. Psychologists cannot prescribe medication.
- Masters level clinicians: Hold either a MA (Master of Arts), MS (Master of Sciences), LMHC (Licensed Mental Health Clinician), MFT (Marriage and Family Therapist), MSW (Master of Social Work) or LICSW (Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker). Most of these programs are under 2 years and involve far less supervised training hours than psychologists.
Articles and Web Sites
- "Finding a Therapist" and "Relational Healing in Complex PTSD" by Pete Walker
- ""50 Signs of Good Therapy" by Kelly Crossing
- "50 Warning Signs of Questionable Therapy and Counseling" By Noah Rubinstein
- "Is There Something Wrong or Questionable in Your Treatment?" by Dr. Estelle Disch. This article is one of many resources at a site called the Therapy Exploitation Link Line (TELL) for those who have been harmed in a therapeutic relationship (primarily in the United States and Australia).