Professionals who provide clinical services at Bridges Therapy and Wellness Center include Psychologists, Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, and Psychiatrists.
Psychologists attend graduate school to earn a doctorate degree in psychology. The American Psychological Association recognizes the doctoral degree as the minimum educational requirement for psychologists; these degrees include the Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy) or Psy.D. (Doctor of Psychology). Graduate training focuses on all aspects of human behavior, including clinical psychology, counseling, neuropsychology, or school psychology, with an emphasis on research and scientific methods. Training typically includes four to six years of academic preparation, followed by one to two years of full-time supervised work with patients and licensing examinations. Psychologists are the only trained professionals able to conduct psychological evaluations and testing.
A Pre-licensed psychologist refers to a clinician who has completed a Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) degree, and met all of the supervised experience requirements needed to be a full licensed psychologist, awaiting the final step of passing the Licensing Exam.
Social workers attend graduate school in social work, earning a Master in Social Work (MSW) degree and earn clinical experience that qualify them to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). Training typically includes two years of coursework and supervised, practical experience working at agencies in the community. Social workers are trained to perform psychotherapy.
Licensed Professional Counselors attend graduate school for two years to earn a Master’s degree in Counseling or related field, such as Mental Health Counseling or Marriage and Family Therapy, among others. Counselors also have post-graduate supervised experience to ensure that they are skilled in helping clients and maintain proper ethics, and they often use an individualized, collaborative approach to counseling clients, empowering them to make changes in their lives.
Psychiatrists attend medical school and earn an M.D. (Doctor of Medicine) or D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine) degree. They have also completed an additional four-year residency with specialized mental health training to treat the full range of emotional and mental health disorders. Training for psychiatrists focuses primarily on biological aspects of mental illness, and the interplay between medical and psychiatric conditions. Because of their medical training, psychiatrists are licensed to prescribe medication. Psychiatric care at Bridges Therapy and Wellness Center typically focuses on evaluation, diagnosis and medication management, but may also include brief talk therapy.