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Choosing YOUR Mental Health Professional | Kati Morton September 2, 2019 100 By Ronny Jaskolski Related posts: Sexuality Education | Al Vernacchio | TEDxWakeForestU U.S. Air Force: Capt Alisha Simmons, Dentist Hometown Healers: Bishop Dwenger How can cognitive science inform the future of education? | Lindsay Portnoy CategoryArticles BlogTagsadvice and anxiety borderline personality disorder Clinical Psychologist Clinical Psychology coping skills counseling counselor depression doctor health healthcare Help insurance Kati Morton LCSW licensed marriage and family therapist lmft MD Medical Doctor medication Mental Health mental health awareness Psychiatrist Psychologist psychology psychotherapist psychotherapist (profession) social worker support that the therapist therapy trauma therapy treatment wellness 100 Comments Ryan Kelly says: January 8, 2019 at 8:10 am For LPC’s – CACREP accredited Programs for “Clinical mental health counseling” often take at minimal 3+ years to complete due to the 1 year on site training (i.e. practicum & internship). APA accredited Psychology PhD or PsyD programs take at minimum 5 years to complete, but general take 6 years to complete. Psychiatry: in order to become a psychiatrist, it’s 3 YEARS for a residency. Fellowships to sub-specialize take 1-2 years to complete.Psychiatrist are EXTENSIVELY trained to understand how psychopharmacological interventions are used within an individual’s treatment plan. As a current grad student myself, I highly recommend that you dive deeper into really knowing the differences between all the professions so you can adequately refer clients to the right specialist when needed Reply Lil ScratchNSniff says: January 9, 2019 at 9:55 pm 2014 huh kate Reply Napoleon IV says: January 11, 2019 at 12:55 pm Karen Kohlhagen, liar. Her mom died, haha. Reply EpiphanyPurple says: January 11, 2019 at 3:58 pm You missed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners Reply DJ Bradman says: January 14, 2019 at 4:08 am But do you all still learn the same stuff in school Reply Clayton Crider says: January 14, 2019 at 5:40 pm Lol Kati. we all know LFMT stands for Licenced Mother Fucking Therapist Reply Kendall Hoeft says: January 15, 2019 at 6:01 pm I love your shirt so much. Where did you get it? Also, your use of air quotes is my favorite. <3 Reply wealthy as amind frame says: January 17, 2019 at 2:46 am Thank you for this video you have such great insight Kati Morton. Reply Tiara De Leon says: January 17, 2019 at 7:29 pm Hi there do you know what a licensed independent social worker is LISW? NM doesn't offer LCSW licensing. What's the difference between the two? Reply Mylisa Clay says: January 18, 2019 at 12:11 am This really helped. I already knew I wanted to work in the therapy branch of psychology but this helped me understand better. Aiming for LCP (: Reply Jess L says: January 18, 2019 at 12:24 am How do you get the 3000 hours without the license? Reply Megan Z says: January 18, 2019 at 10:58 pm I currently am about to start my Bachelor's of science in clinical psychology and then my MA in social work so I can get licensed as a LCSW. My only worry is that the MA in social work versus the MA in counseling might not prepare me as well to be a counselor, however I know I want to be an LCSW for my own personal reasons. Any advice? Reply Izzyaboe Jenkins says: January 19, 2019 at 9:31 am I actually have something in my area not sure if it’s nation wide but it’s call comprehend. I see a therapist and a psychiatrist. Both are wonderful. They’ve both been there when I felt no one else would be. Wonderful wonderful people! Reply Eileen C says: January 21, 2019 at 4:26 am This was the most helpful video! Thank you for breaking this down because it is so confusing. You did not mention a Psycho Therapist. Is that a true professional title? Reply E M says: January 23, 2019 at 2:03 am I've been researching recently to become a psychologist/therapist. I finish school at the end of this year. I'm so scared what if im like 45 by the time i finish the masters or uni!! ;( Reply E M says: January 23, 2019 at 2:10 am Wait so whats the difference between a Psychiatrist and a therapist? Reply Evalynda Cayton says: January 23, 2019 at 7:34 am So, I know this is an older video, but I am currently getting my Master's MFT with a concentration in LPCC ( liscensed professional clinical counseling) in California. So essentially there is no difference in what both areas do and serve the community, however clinical counselors can't treat youth or children. And another major difference is where we can treat. My MFT liscense will only be valid in California, whereas my LPCC liscense is nation wide. That's why it's good to have both. If I ever leave California, I can rely on my LPCC Liscense until I pass the state exam for a MFT liscense. Hope this helps! Reply Brittany Aran says: January 25, 2019 at 10:57 pm Do you know how QMHPs work? I think every state is different. But I'm currently trying to figure out how to be licensed as a Qualified Mental Health Professional in the state of Virginia. Reply Forever Kelsie says: January 28, 2019 at 10:54 pm I have a therapist and a psychologist but they don’t help me!! Reply T0K3Y says: January 31, 2019 at 6:40 am I need a Rocio Reply Alison Wilson says: February 2, 2019 at 9:38 am Suscribed! <3 Reply Adelaide Galloway says: February 3, 2019 at 9:25 pm I want to go to college for mental health and addictions counselling and social work, then work in a treatment facility. Reply Stephanie Bridwell says: February 5, 2019 at 11:42 pm I just finished my undergrad and I want to be a counselor. I have seven children and I am live in area that is in high demand for therapists. My goal is to obtain my Doctorate in Psychology but I must also keep a good balance with my family. Can I get my Masters and 3000 hours and become licensed and later go back to college for my Doctorate? What are some do's or don'ts for this pathway. Will I have to obtain another 3000 hours? I have so many questions and thank you for clearing some of them up with this Video. Reply willio وِلْيُوْ says: February 8, 2019 at 5:29 pm I have a question… Can a psychiatrist offer a therapy which is similar to psychology's without prescribing medicines? Reply Taylor Barnett says: February 8, 2019 at 10:04 pm I wish I could have a doctor that did therapy and meds. It’s so annoying to have to see a psychiatrist for 15 mins and they have no idea what’s going on with me. How is that productive! Also what about psychiatric nurse practitioners Reply Mahalakshmi Mahadevan says: February 11, 2019 at 8:07 am This video was very helpful for me to know the different therapist and what doctors from Psychology background do from the USA. Reply evboy92 says: February 21, 2019 at 3:23 am becoming a school counselor requires a masters. Reply very peachy jae says: February 21, 2019 at 4:11 am Thank you so much for this!!! I've been thinking about my profession for a while now and just recently I decided on becoming a therapist but, all the information out there confused the ton out of me. Thank you so much for breaking everything down. A LMFT is exactly what I want to do xoxo Reply Anonymous Dancer says: March 4, 2019 at 11:09 pm I want to be a physiologist Reply Hecking Jesus says: March 5, 2019 at 4:49 pm I can't stop staring at your shirt it's so cute Reply ImFromThePlanetPluto says: March 11, 2019 at 2:58 am When I was younger I wanted to be a doctor because I wanted to help people, now I want to be a psychologist because I want to help people. It's come full circle. Reply C.N.A life says: March 13, 2019 at 8:11 pm Is it stable work in therapy? Reply Jeff Saint Fleur says: March 17, 2019 at 3:44 pm Is it possible to work towards those clinical hours while also getting my masters? or is a masters degree like a prerequisite to getting those hours Reply DAI GUANG R. says: March 25, 2019 at 10:30 am Thank you..it was helpful 👍🙏 Reply alexis darbonne says: March 28, 2019 at 2:55 am I absolutely loved this video! I've been really interested in going to college for psychology but I wasn't sure what specific area I should specialize in, and this video helped me out so much! At the moment I think I will go and be a psychologist! I love your videos so much and they teach me a lot. So grateful to have people like you on YouTube to educate and share your knowledge!! Thank you!❤️ Reply Michael Garcia says: March 28, 2019 at 9:50 pm Thanks Reply Dogs And songs says: March 30, 2019 at 8:24 pm I had a Psychologist who talked alot about herself and compared me to her daughter all the time. I now go to a someone in school she is so much better and no transference lol Reply Megan Marie says: March 31, 2019 at 4:18 pm Thank you!!! SO helpful and so clear! Reply Raees Faisal says: April 13, 2019 at 7:33 am Well im in with all kinda professions… im really lovin how its goin im 15 dont go on my age but trust learning little and improving your skill with every profesion intrestes you and u learn it … is AMAZING when u know every little pieces of pie lol! Practice makes man perfect im here to improve therpist skills Reply Shloka Iyer says: April 15, 2019 at 1:31 pm I'm planning on studying counselling psychology but have no background in psychology as I did not study it in my undergrad.Does that pose as a problem in pursuing counselling psych and are there any limitations of the same? Reply xkristixx says: April 17, 2019 at 1:21 pm The acronyms really vary greatly by state. Take DC for example. They have one of the only LICSW (Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker). Some careers (mostly community-based) have LMHP (Licensed Mental Health Professional) which just means you have a clinical license in a mental health field (LCSW, LCPC, etc) vs QMHP (qualified) which means you qualify with either a lower non-clinical license (LSW, LPC) or a combination of degree and experience hours . Don't get too hung up on the acronyms people and do your research before selecting your path. (: Reply Sarah A. Wahab says: April 21, 2019 at 10:42 am Hi Kati, my school counselor told me that I don't have to go to a psychiatrist because I'm not "emotionally" unstable. Well, I have a trouble with my personalities. I'm a different person each week like I can be psychopathic, very narsisstic, shy, sassy, depressed, childish…I don't know there's too many. It's very confusing….and if I meet a new person with a unique personality that I've never seen before, my body instantly adapts into that personality and copies it. I become a new person and at the end of the day when I'm about to sleep, I will notice how different am I on that day. So…do I actually need to go to a psychiatrist? Reply Feige Katarina says: April 28, 2019 at 8:28 pm Yeah, my school didn't have a counselor…. and I probably wouldn't have seen them anyway, even if they did. Reply Kevin Shema says: April 29, 2019 at 1:27 am Of all the videos I've watched on YouTube this is among the most helpful Reply Sarah Sybicki says: May 1, 2019 at 2:54 am Hi Kati, There’s also LMHC, licensed mental health counselors. It pretty much fits your description of LPC.I’m currently training in mental health counseling in grad school! Reply Zubair M says: May 2, 2019 at 9:47 am Where hypnotist fit in mental health? Reply Perry says: May 3, 2019 at 1:13 am I am finding mental health care to be really hard to obtain and it costs a lot. Start making some progress with a therapist and they decide to retire or they make some sort of career change etc etc. So you end up starting all over again and never end up getting anywhere. I get advice like don't think that way. I paid money for this? Reply Rihana Rahman says: May 4, 2019 at 12:52 pm School counsellors are walls. Reply Shadowfoxx 14 says: May 5, 2019 at 12:25 am Very useful. I'm glad i.found this channel Reply D'Aire Purnell says: May 6, 2019 at 2:05 am I want to be a clinical psychologist. So basically we do 4 years in college right? And 4 years in a doctor program? And while were in the program do we collect our hours in the program or after the program? Reply Stephanie Yu says: May 10, 2019 at 4:21 am Soo helpful. Thank u. I am thinking of going into mental health for college Reply Stephanie Yu says: May 10, 2019 at 4:33 am Which job mainly focuses on mental health like depression and eating disorders Reply Gloria Ramirez says: May 17, 2019 at 6:07 am I’m so thankful for this video!!! Love the shirt too!!!! I was wondering if getting my masters in clinical psychology but then i saw my university offers counseling as well so I got confused but they both will lead me to the path that I want! Thanks!!!!!!! Reply Rebekah Barrow says: May 17, 2019 at 7:35 pm wish i wasnt poor so i could have therapist :(. ive had dpd for years Reply Shahin Shah says: May 19, 2019 at 7:22 am I did four years graduation in Psychology and also did two years master with psychology now which type of profession I can choose? Reply Tebarak Al Shamsy says: May 25, 2019 at 5:24 am Got accepted into mental health counseling grad school!!!!! Reply Jason Campbell says: May 25, 2019 at 1:28 pm I don’t see much difference in LPC and LMFT. Can I get more clarity on that? Reply Notorious_Me says: May 25, 2019 at 10:15 pm Wait, someone made a video on this? For a confused high school student? Reply Julianna Otusajo says: May 26, 2019 at 7:53 pm Whats the best mental help professional to get help and talk to for ADHD patients? I need immediat help and my father has contacted other professionals in mental help but its either a machine or a voice box telling him to leave a voice mail and one tiim ehe got a person on the phone but it wasnt the actual doctor. So how do I find the right help and how can I get help immediately? Reply •j e n n j u i c e• says: May 27, 2019 at 3:15 am I wanna be a psychiatrist. even tho I'm still 11, I'm working really hard in 5th grade right now and it's paying off. Reply John Nelson says: May 28, 2019 at 5:28 am Thank you!! Usually I've felt pretty lost when trying to search for help, but this definitely clarifies the field Reply Leah Smith says: May 30, 2019 at 1:03 am Thank you!!! Reply Savannah Leitner says: May 30, 2019 at 5:19 am Whaaat?! I’ve been watching your videos for years and had no idea you went to Pepperdine. I also got my BA in Psych at Pepperdine, looking at grad schools now! Reply Athalia Allen says: June 3, 2019 at 2:13 am i really want to be a psychiatrist but i want to do more therapy sessions w my clients. As a psychiatrist, can i do therapy as well? Reply Nikki Fortner says: June 4, 2019 at 9:25 am The more you say counselor, the weirder it sounds 🤣 Reply Fatima Chowdhry says: June 5, 2019 at 9:36 am Yes bu how do you find a therapist who is good and will work with you give tips?? Reply Heather Savonne says: June 11, 2019 at 5:48 pm I have a bachelors in psychology and would like to continue my education by pursing my masters. I would like to become a licensed professional counselor but also have to option to work my way up to a Doctorate. I love listening to people and helping people navigate life etc. I’ve thought of health/life coaching but I want to do MORE. I’m interested in mental health counseling at TTU! I have a friend who says LMFT is better than LPC. So I’m confused!!!! Reply Octavia Phoenix says: June 12, 2019 at 2:12 pm What about MHC- Mental Health Counselors? Reply Amelia Wiseman says: June 13, 2019 at 7:40 pm Pyscotherapist ??? Reply Elle lovely says: June 14, 2019 at 7:16 am This was amazing for me to know what path to take, thanks! Reply Gabriel L says: June 19, 2019 at 10:57 am Kati:says multiple times AlexaAmazon home devices:Confused screaming Reply MeMe Mo says: June 19, 2019 at 7:53 pm LPC's are now the largest group of mental health practitioners in the usa. Reply that bitch says: June 24, 2019 at 4:45 am I have so many questions. I am about to be a jr in highschool and still have almost no idea what I want to do or what would best fit me. Recently, I've been thinking about something in the psychology field. I definitely want to do something 1 on 1 with someone. I find DID so interesting and really want to learn more. What should i be for that? my parents told me that they would never let me major in psychology. Do you have any tips or do you have any videos about how to find a job? Or if you or someone you know was in a similar situation as me, how they convinced their parents that majoring in psychology isnt as bad as they may think? My parents think that if that's what I majored in I wouldnt be able to find work. Reply Skyicee says: July 6, 2019 at 7:27 am I want to be a psychiatrist 🙂 Reply Chi Chi says: July 6, 2019 at 9:12 pm Thank you so much! this is so helpful! Reply Sarah Ng says: July 10, 2019 at 2:16 am Wanna clarify, what’s e diff between Psychologist and LPC? Reply Faith says: July 10, 2019 at 9:23 am Thank you. Reply Irina Phoenix says: July 11, 2019 at 8:19 pm But how the frick do you actually choose someone? How do you find out what people specialize in, do you just call 1000 offices? Ugh Reply Ty Hart says: July 13, 2019 at 7:05 am Love the way she said "Twelve short years laterrr" Lmao I'm just now starting and it seems like a lot but I have a passion for helping others so I'm excited about it all. Can't wait to work in this field. Reply LyraFreedomTV says: July 14, 2019 at 6:11 am What is a psychotherapist? Reply Katherine Long says: July 18, 2019 at 3:38 am I am planning on getting my associate degree of psychology soon. Can wait to register for classes next month. Reply Mina Guirguis says: July 21, 2019 at 1:24 pm If LPC can do the same work as an MFT, then why do we have LPCs? If LPCs and MFTs do the same work as LCSW then why do we have LPCs and MFTs? If LCSWs, MFTs, and LPCs do the same work as a clinical psychologist as it relates to doing therapy, then why do we have LCSWs, MFTs, and LPCs? It is repetitive and confusing for patients. As a psychologist, my opinion is that we should have SW but not LCSW. We shouldn't have MFTs or LPCs. A clinical psychologist can do all the work that LCSWs, MFTs, and LPCs can do and given that we have two extra years of clinical work, most psychologists can do a better job of providing psychotherapy but not all of course. Reply vanessa felix says: July 21, 2019 at 4:11 pm 👇who else recognizes her from Shane’s videos Reply Jackie Lynn Foster says: July 23, 2019 at 3:03 pm Hello it's me again. The problem is not my situation but the public humiliation that is endlessly going on. I'm very traumatized. I hope you could help me. If your not the right person I hope someone could help me because I'm struggling with my daily life because of the mind blowing and trauma I experienced about the media and humiliation. Thank you ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ Reply Itsjust Massa says: July 27, 2019 at 2:52 am You’re literally the best at first I thought I wanted to become a dentist but when I started getting into therapy and learning about it it just really caught my attention and just seemed so fun because I sometimes feel very down I wouldn’t say I’m depressed just I feel alone and theirs no one I can talk to so I want to help people who feel the same way I do I literally only wanted to become a dentist because I thought the had cool buildings as a kid and I didnt know what else to do but therapy is so interesting to me (also totally subbing to you you’re the best!). Reply cheeseface123 says: July 28, 2019 at 10:20 pm This is so helpful for me!! Because I’ve always wanted to be a physiologist but I never rlly knew the difference between all of the other mental health carriers. Now I do Reply abigail Chase says: July 29, 2019 at 1:22 am do you know any good therapist in lincoln ne? Reply omolara osigbeme says: August 1, 2019 at 5:28 pm What is the salary scale for someone with master's degree in counseling Reply Billy Spray None says: August 3, 2019 at 12:14 pm Love your videos! Very helpful and refreshing to get "help" or knowledge from a profressional that is down-to-earth and not speaking to me from their throne lol You're very enlightening and insightful. Try to watch all your videos or clips? I mean are theyre really "videos" anymore? Lol squirrel! Anyways thanks again for your posts. "Next -so-and-so…is maself!" Lol Love it ~carry on Reply Bennie N. DeJets says: August 6, 2019 at 12:13 pm I was with you until you got to the part where psychiatrists give 15-30 minute appointments. Which planet is this on, please? In 20 years with many doctors, I have not been scheduled or given more than 5-10 minutes after the initial appointment. It's a red letter day if the doc even looks up! They ask how everything's going, you say, fine, they make a note to phone in meds and you leave. At this point, I find I prescribe my own meds and they rubber stamp it. Not worth the drive. Reply Butterflywings011 says: August 6, 2019 at 9:22 pm Doesn't help… when you know you need help, but you have no idea , who you should see… Reply luis sanchez villegas says: August 7, 2019 at 9:19 am So useful! Thank you! Reply Julie Love says: August 9, 2019 at 4:07 pm When you update this, please add Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners. We can prescribe meds, and also do therapy. Reply Luz Gutierrez says: August 15, 2019 at 8:52 pm I love your shirt I'm this video!! Reply jannatul muntaha says: August 19, 2019 at 11:07 pm Going to be psychiatrist ❤ Reply Jman coolJ says: August 22, 2019 at 7:12 am Which of these types would be good to see for something like ADHD, BPD or Autism? Reply airman20012001 says: August 25, 2019 at 9:12 pm This is the best explanation of our mental health professional designations and how similar we all really are, I work with a master level psychologist who cant practice therapy, she has more education than I do but didnt have a clear understanding of credentials and what they qualify people to do as professionals, this video should be standard for anyone who is looking for a career in mental health, very well done, and am now a subscriber. I am a PLMSW, practicing therapist who has not tested and works under direct supervision of an LCSW. I work directly under a psychiatrist in an inpatient behavioral health hospital, and absolutely love what we do. Reply jsdhjh says: August 27, 2019 at 8:35 pm After about 16 years with teraphy and shrinkos, according to my experince wld not recomend it, why? Well in my situation back in 2006 it was clearly neglect and after violonce with my father the shrinko showed his face, i betreayed me ilike fuckung hell the fuck scammers, then a a new fucking stupid shrinko gave me a wrongful psycosis diagnosis after i barely open my mouth, lost my job, lost my apt, and the fuckung shrinko did not give a flying fuck about that, so i am sorry to say this but fuck you shrinkos!!!! Reply I question everything says: August 30, 2019 at 5:12 am I'm telling you, the best psychiatrists are the ones that are warm and fuzzy. Just my short interaction with them did more wonders than any antidepressant. More emphasis needs placed on caring about people. Thank you for explaining credentials because my last therapist was a LPC and I'm looking for a new therapist and to me at the time I considered LPC to be the least trained but you have said they are all pretty similar with exception of the psychiatrist. This makes me feel better. Reply Mud Nottobeconfusedwithbillorpeteorjackordennis says: September 2, 2019 at 1:12 am I have a question based on this video. Say I was seeing a LCSW and I was at first doing well and feeling my treatment was making progress. Then came a time where I started telling her I was being followed and that there were people watching my house. Knowing she is already seeing me for PTSD anxiety, and depression. I also tell her I can prove that I am being followed and I can prove there are care watching my house because I have a dash cam and a security system. Her response to me in therapy was what king of car do you drive? What kind of security system do you have? I have very vague answers because these questions not only disturbed me but also made me question weather or not she might be involved given that she was virtually the only person I was talking to. She too should have seen all of my signs and symptoms of BPD but I really don’t think she was interested in helping me. After a major incident involving erratic behavior and a threat of self harm due to issues going on in my life at that time. The police were called on me but never found me cause I hid from them. When I tried to discuss this with the social worker she walked me from her office into the Er and had me emoted for a psychiatric evaluation. While in the lobby I had a massive panic attack and while I was outside trying to catch my breath and it was obvious there was something wrong she sped walked away and said they will be with you in a moment. I felt like I got ditched cause she didn’t want to hear what happened and did t care what was going on with me given our appointment time still had 40 minutes left. She didn’t have any time for me. I saw her one more time asked her about her action outside the Er and her questions about my security system and my car. She said she was not in a hurry and had nothing more to say about the Er. And her questions she felt she was making conversation and I misinterpreted how a social worker would be making conversation like that in response to what I was saying. Either way I told her she fucked me over I knew it and I never saw her again. And yes she works for the VA Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.