Types of Mental Health Practitioners

Licensed Social Workers

The last category of mental health providers are licensed social workers (L.S.W.) Licensed social workers are also considered mental health providers because many deal with the issues surrounding life events, substance abuse, family conflicts, disabilities, and violence. However, unlike psychiatrists and psychologists, social workers also address problems such as inadequate housing, health and work problems.

According to the National Association of Social Workers, "Social workers are trained professionals who have bachelor's, master's or doctoral degrees in social work. They practice in a wide variety of settings, including family services agencies, community mental health centers, child welfare, private practice, schools, hospitals, businesses, nursing homes, courts, prisons and public and private agencies."

Licensed social workers fill a niche in mental health counseling by not only offering therapy to help those with mental illness, but also aiding patients with community care. The wide range of agencies with which social workers work make them one of the best mental health providers who fully understands and utilizes the community resources available.

Thus, there are many different types of mental health professionals available to deal with a wide variety of mental disorders and. From mild to debilitating, social workers, psychologists and psychiatrists are all trained to deal with different components of the mental health spectrum.