What kind of training does a psychotherapist have?

Here’s a surprising fact: The term psychotherapist is not legally protected or regulated in the United States. That means you can legally call yourself a psychotherapist or therapist, put it on a business card, and hang out a shingle. The lesson should be obvious: avoid anyone identifying and advertising as a psychotherapist. Instead, seek mental health services from someone licensed to practice by the particular state in which you reside.

Virtually all states license 6 mental health professions: psychologists, psychiatrists, clinical social workers, counselors, psychiatric nurses, and marital/family therapists.

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