A mental health professional is anyone who works to improve clients’ mental health or treat mental health disorders. There are a wide range of jobs that fall under this umbrella.
Psychologists, counselors, and therapists all work with clients on improving mental health, changing negative thought patterns and beliefs, setting goals, and practicing healthy coping skills. Clinical social workers also work to improve clients’ mental health, and are trained in case management and advocacy. All of these professionals work in the mental health field in various ways, though they do not prescribe medication.
Psychiatrists and mental health nurse practitioners are mental health professionals who typically can prescribe psychotropic medications such as Zoloft, Lexapro, or Seroquel. These professionals also provide mental health assessments, diagnose mental health disorders, and monitor medication regimens.
Certified peer specialists are people who have lived with a mental health or substance use disorder that are trained to be mentors to those experiencing something similar. They provide guidance, support, and help to people who are currently struggling.
These are just some examples of the many jobs in the mental health profession. These professionals help people improve symptoms of a mental health disorder—and, therefore, quality of life.
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