Mental Health 101

Mental health is best thought of as a matrix where we can move among states of mental well-being. It’s vital to develop self-awareness in order to recognize the signs of progressive mental distress and to implement a change.

Different Types of Providers

Choosing a mental health provider is a key component in ensuring quality care. There are many types of providers to choose from. The various providers are highlighted below with their scopes of practice.

Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Required to have a master’s degree and complete supervised clinical hours
  • Able to diagnose a mental illness and provide counseling services
  • May specialize in different types of counseling:
    • Marriage/Family
    • Addiction Treatment
    • Cognitive-Behavioral
    • Psychodynamic
  • A physician who completed medical school with a specific focus on mental illness
  • Able to evaluate and diagnose mental disorders
  • Able to prescribe medications to manage mental disorders
  • Complete a minimum of graduate-level training; some may have received a doctorate degree
    • (PhD, EdD, PsyD)
  • Able to diagnose, assess and treat mental illness across the lifespan of the diagnosis
  • May have specialized training:
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology

Questions to Ask When Looking for a Therapist

  • Verify that they accept your insurance.
  • What are your office hours, fees and length of sessions?
  • What is your education? What type of license do you have?
    • Requirements vary widely by state.
  • What is your area of expertise?
  • What is your treatment approach and philosophy?
  • What is your experience with helping people with similar concerns to mine?
  • What is the usual course of treatment for my condition?


  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)*
  • Telemedicine Mental Health services*
  • In-Network mental health providers via your insurance carrier website
  • Mental Health America
  • Suicide Prevention Hotline:
    • 1-800-273-8255
  • Crisis Text Line:
    • Text HOME to 741741

*Indicates services may not be available to all employees

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