Who Can Be a Behavioral Therapist?

The Professionals in Your Community

Who Can Be a Behavioral Therapist?

Do you know the professionals in your community who could be behavioral therapists? You might be surprised to learn they aren’t all psychologists! Today, we’re taking a look at options you can explore when searching for your therapist.

Who Can Be a Behavioral Therapist?

  • Psychologists: Psychologists may utilize a variety of therapy techniques (including behavioral therapy) to help people deal with a range of problems that may be short- or long-term from addiction to depression and dealing with a divorce to anxiety. Psychologists don’t just need extensive schooling to practice (often a Master or Ph.D. in psychology)—they also have to be licensed, which comes with other educational and practice requirements.
  • Psychiatrists: Psychiatrists and psychologists are often confused with one another. Psychiatrists are medical doctors while psychologists do not need a medical degree to practice. Psychiatrists can diagnose illnesses, manage medications, and offer a range of therapies.
  • Social workers: Social workers play many roles in the community, offering holistic solutions and support for economic, health, and emotional needs for individuals and families. In this role, some offer behavioral and emotional support through therapy. Social workers earn a Bachelor of Social Work degree in order to practice.
  • Counselors: “Counselor” is a broad term that includes professionals who are licensed to provide therapy and those with other backgrounds like life coaches or people who aim to support community members without training. Counselors are valuable because they expand the availability of support!
  • Faith-based counselors: As the name suggests, faith-based counselors use faith as part of their therapy support. This person might be a priest, rabbi, or another member of the congregation.

Behavioral Therapy Is a Key Part of Addiction Treatment.

Cognitive behavioral therapy is an essential part of the outpatient substance rehabilitation program at North Star Treatment Services. Our program includes a combination of group and individual sessions with a behavioral therapist that focus on navigating the stages of recovery, approaching challenges, and helping families heal and learn support methods. Call us today at 610-265-2215 to take your first step toward recovery.