Selecting a Provider
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Types of Mental Health Providers
There are many types of mental health providers.
|Type of Provider||Education||Treatment||Prescribe Drugs?||Details|
|Psychiatrist||Medical degree with advanced training in psychiatry||Psychotherapy, counseling and more serious conditions that can be helped with prescription drugs||Yes||Works with psychologists or licensed clinical social workers|
|Clinical Psychologist||Doctoral-level degree in psychology||Psychotherapy, psychological testing and counseling services||No||Works with psychiatrists and family doctors|
|Certified Psychiatric Nurse Specialist||Master's degree||Psychotherapy and other therapy||No, but can help manage prescriptions||Licensed and certified by the American Nurses Association|
|Certified Clinical Social Worker||Master's degree in social work with training in psychotherapy||Pyschotherapy and counseling services||No|
|Certified Marriage and Family Therapist||Master's degree in counseling with an emphasis on family and marriage therapy||Individual, marriage and family counseling||No||Must agree to participate in TRICARE|
|TRICARE Certified Mental Health Counselor||Master's degree in counseling||Counseling services||No||Referral and physician oversight not required|
|Supervised Mental Health Counselor or Pastoral Counselor||Master's degree in counseling||Counseling services||No||A referral from medical doctor and physcian oversight is required|
If you are interested in becoming a TRICARE provider, visit the TRICARE-Authorized Providers page.
Last Updated 9/3/2019