All of the therapists listed on our site are qualified to provide mental health care. The different abbreviations after provider’s names designate the training and licensure that each provider holds.
The main differences between these licenses are related to the length and type of the training that the provider has.
- Psychologists (PhD and PsyD) receive their doctorate with 4 or more years of training focused on psychological assessment, diagnosis, and therapy. To receive their degree, psychologists must deepen their understanding of mental health through independent research.
- Providers including licensed mental health counselors (LMHC), clinical social workers (LCSW), and marriage and family therapists (MFT) typically have received a master’s degree after 2 years of training in mental health and their field of specialty.
What matters most is the provider's fit with you!