[Download the NAMI mental health professionals fact sheet.]

Mental Health Professionals: Who They Are and How to Find One

Mental health services are provided by several different professions, each of which has its own training and areas of expertise. Finding the right professional(s) for you or a loved one can be a critical ingredient in the process of diagnosis, treatment and recovery when faced with serious mental illness.

Types of Professionals who Provide Mental Health Services:

Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors. (CADC) certified individuals have expertise in working with people who have substance abuse issues.  These providers may have other degrees (e.g., MSW) and have an interest in this area.  There are other substance counseling certifications that vary state by state.

Resources for Locating a Mental Health Professional

The following sources may help you locate a mental health professional or treatment facility to meet your needs:

Reviewed by Ken Duckworth, M.D., May 2013