Anxiety disorders can be treated by a wide range of mental health professionals, including psychologists, psychiatrists, clinical social workers, and psychiatric nurses. Primary care physicians also make frequent diagnoses, and they may prescribe medication or refer a patient to a mental health provider. Find a therapist near you.
Making Your Choice
It’s recommended that you talk to more than one professional before making a choice. You might want to consider these issues when deciding on a mental health professional and type of treatment:
- Licensed professional: psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, and other counselor licensed by a state to practice psychotherapy.
- Non-licensed professional: usually holds a master's degree and may be unlicensed because the state does not offer or require a license in that mental health field.
- Layperson specialist: usually someone who has recovered from an anxiety disorder and provides assistance to others.
Requirements for the practice of psychotherapy vary among states. Ask a therapist about his or her training and credentials before beginning treatment.
If you are unable to find a treatment provider through this website, you have other options: