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Licensed Mental Health Professionals

Mental health professionals consist of psychologists, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, mental health clinical specialists, social workers, licensed marriage and family therapists, licensed mental health counselors, and licensed educational psychologists. Whatever type of mental health professional you choose, it is important to find one that meets your needs whether it is couples, individuals or family counseling. Prior to committing to regular visits, take time to ask questions and get to know your service provider.1

Questions To Ask:

  • What are your credentials? What degrees and/or certifications do you have?
  • What experience do you have working with individuals on the autism spectrum or with families who have a child on the spectrum?
  • I have (or my child if the visit is for him/her) been feeling anxious, tense, depressed, etc. What experience do you have helping people with these types of problems?
  • What are your areas of expertise (i.e. working with children and/or families)?
  • How often and how long are the sessions?
  • How much does a session cost?
  • What types of insurance do you accept?
  • Do you accept Medicaid?
  • Are there scholarships available? Do you offer a payment plan?
  • Can you describe a typical session?
  • If medication is indicated, can you prescribe? If not, how will that be handled?
  • How will results be measured? Will we receive written reporters and/or updates?
  • What is our family’s role in this process? What training will we get so we can implement strategies at home?1

Locate a Licensed Mental Health Professional Near You

Mass.gov Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation, “Licensed Mental Health Professionals Consumer Fact Sheet,” n.d. website (18 December 2008).