The Differences between Mental Health Practicioners


Medical doctors trained to do extensive mental health diagnosis. They are the only mental health professionals licensed to prescribe medications.

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC)

LPCCs are trained to work collaboratively, rather than in a doctor/patient model. LPCCs take into consideration that a client’s problems are greatly influenced by their environment, including intergenerational family history [patterns and themes established early in life], culture, ethnicity, socio-economic class, history of trauma and abuse [early learned survival techniques] and spiritual beliefs, as well as all of the isms. LPCC's do not prescribe medication.

Social Workers

Social workers provide counseling or talk therapy and often work in medical systems to assist clients with financial matters and extended services. Social Workers do not prescribe medication.


Psychologists provide counseling or talk therapy, but do not prescribe medication. Generally, they are trained in a medical model or doctor/patient positioning with specialized licensing for conducting assessments and testing. Psychologists do not prescribe medication.