The Institute For Family Therapy    

Integrative and Evidence-Based Treatment for Individual Youths, Adults, Couples and Families

Clinicians


We're specialists and provide evidence-based services. With over 20 clinicians we can help you find the right person to help you efficiently achieve your goals using the most effective techniques.

We're here to help you. Our mental health professionals offer relief from anxiety, depression, stress, substance abuse, ADHD eating disorders as well as issues affecting your couple or your family.

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Psychiatrists
A psychiatrist is a Medical Doctor (M.D.) who has graduated from a medical school. A psychiatrist’s training focuses on general medicine while in medical school. They will then go on to 3-4 years of residency where they will specialize in psychiatry. While for many years in the past, the psychiatrist normally prescribed medications and also delivered psychotherapy, their roles have changed today. For the most part, psychiatrists now do psychiatric evaluations for the purpose of determining if an individual would be appropriate for treatment with medications. If so determined,  the psychiatrist prescribes the medications and then follows the patient for medication management. Medication management includes initially following the patient closely until they are stabilized with the proper dosage ( usually once every 1-2 weeks until stabilization occurs) and then usually once every 1-3 months for maintenance.

Psychologists
A psychologist is a clinician who holds a Doctorate in Psychology (Psy.D.) or a Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (Ph.D.). These clinicians have spent at least 5-6 years of graduate work strictly studying psychology, then moving on to complete 1-2 years of internship followed by 1-2 years of supervised clinical work experience before qualifying for the right to sit for the licensing examination.

Social Workers
Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW’s) hold Masters degrees.  Their training consists of typically 2 years of graduate school and 1-2 years of internship. LCSW’s assess, diagnose, intervene and treat individuals, families and groups with psychosocial problems. They will frequently partner with a psychiatrist if they feel medication should be part of the treatment protocol

Mental Health Counselors
Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC’s) hold Masters degrees in counseling. They have completed 2 years of graduate training and 1-2  years of work experience under supervision. LMHC’s provide counseling to individuals, families and groups. They, too, will partner with a psychiatrist if they feel medications might be included in the treatment protocol.


In conclusion, the most significant differences between mental health professionals are specialties, education and experience. Most qualified mental health professionals will refer a patient to another professional if the specific type of treatment needed is outside their scope of practice. Additionally, many mental health professionals will often work together using a variety of treatment options such as concurrent medication and therapeutic techniques.