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Choosing a Therapist

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.

We also encourage you to read this May 2017 "How To Know if Your Therapist is Really Helping You" blog post by ADAA President Karen Cassidy. 

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:

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Professional Categories

  • 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.

Other Options
If you are unable to find a treatment provider through this website, you have other options:

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