There are many types of mental health professionals. Each type has its own training, techniques, and area of expertise.
Psychologists may have either a master's degree (MA) or a doctoral degree (PhD, PsyD, EdD). They complete at least 1 year of special training after earning their degree. They must pass a national exam to be licensed.
Ask questions and get referrals from people you know and trust. You could check with:
You may also want to contact professional organizations such as:
Licensing is regulated at the state level. A license means that a provider has completed a level of training set by the licensing board. You can make sure the provider’s license is in good standing by calling or checking the web site for your state's licensing board.