There’s a wide range of professionals that help with mental health issues. Some specialize in kids or teens. Some have a lot of experience with learning and thinking differences.
They work in a variety of settings, including in schools, hospitals, universities, and at mental health clinics. Many have private practices.
These professionals include:
Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW)—provide individual and group therapy
Psychologists—diagnose mental health issues and provide individual and group therapy
School psychologists—provide counseling to students at school
Psychiatrists—diagnose mental health issues and prescribe medication. May provide therapy
Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN): may provide therapy and prescribe medication
Fees vary widely. They depend on education, setting, and the services provided. Counseling at school is free. But visits to a private psychiatrist may be very expensive.
Professionals in medical settings may be more likely to take insurance or work on a sliding scale. Make sure whichever professional you choose is licensed to practice in your state.
places to find a therapist
for your child or yourself.