Types of Mental Health Professionals

This is a basic explanation of the minimum training involved in obtaining different degrees in the state of New York and is intended for informational purposes only. This is not an exhaustive list of the types of mental health providers. Please review the links to the organizations below and speak with your provider about areas of expertise and additional training obtained to get a full understanding of your provider's qualifications.

Minimum Years in Graduate SchoolMinimum Years Face to Face Training with Clients before LicensureTrained in diagnoses Trained in talk therapyTrained in psychological evaluations (cognitive and social-emotional testing)Trained in prescribing medication
Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PhD/PsyD)54xxx
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)23xx

Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)22xx

Psychiatrist (MD)84x