Decoding the Therapist's License

November 25, 2020

What do all these letters mean after a therapists name?  There are a lot of variations.

Types of Therapist Licenses – which one is best for you?

Looking for professional help when attempting to deal with our feelings and day-to-day life issues can become overwhelming and confusing. This creates added stress, which often sees people leave their situation untreated. They continue living in a never-ending cycle of ill-health and, ultimately, unhappiness. 

In this article you will find guidance, and hopefully “light”, as we clarify the most common classifications of mental health professionals. This will enable you to make clearer decisions when deciding on the therapist that most suits your needs. 

Main mental health professionals 

Three useful tips when choosing a mental health professional.

  1. Consider what characteristics you are looking for in a counselor

Are you looking for someone that will listen?  Someone that reflects your religious beliefs?  Someone equipped to use evidence based strategies to help you? Do you feel more comfortable with a male or female?

  1. Confirm credentials

Make sure the physician you choose is board certified or has the credentials required by law to practice, that can be easily done by confirming the name of the doctor with the professional board they should belong to.

  1. Don’t settle for less than great rapport.

Perhaps the most important requirement when finding a suitable therapist, is finding someone with whom you “click”. Easily connecting and establishing good rapport with you should be your therapist’s primary goal, as this is possibly more important than anything. After all, you will be baring your soul and trusting them with your mental health and well-being. Some therapists are good at connecting with their patients and some aren’t, shop around until you are confident you have the right therapist.   

table explaining the different degrees in counseling

The different degrees in the mental health field.