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Chapter 7. Rallying Support from the Pro... > Mental Health Professionals - Pg. 67

Rallying Support from the Pros 67 Matter of Fact Working one-on-one with a mental health professional, career counselor, coach, or organizer in private practice is not the only way to get expert advice. You might save time and money in a group counseling or seminar setting. Plus, the camaraderie and networking opportunities of a group environment can be an asset when you're going through the often lonely and isolating process of trying to change your behavior. To find support groups or seminars, contact: universities (especially the adult education or continuing education division); professional associations for the field or industry in which you work; places of worship such as churches and synagogues; hospitals, clinics, and HMOs; and social service agencies or community centers. The Six Faces of Psychotherapy Choosing among all the different types of mental health professionals is like falling into a bowl of alphabet soup. Do you go to a Ph.D., Psy.D., M.D., M.S.W., C.S.W., M.A., M.S., M.Ed., or B.A., or do you just decide it's all a bunch of B.S. and give up? To help you with your search, here are brief descriptions of the six types of mental health profes- sionals you're most likely to come across when seeking psychotherapy: · Psychologists:Psychologists who perform psychotherapy have a doctoral degree, either a Ph.D. or a Psy.D., in psychology (usually either clinical or counseling psychology) and a license