Types of Mental Health Professionals  |  Types of Treatment  |  Finding Services  |  Insurance/Payment

TreatmentAccording to the National Institute of Mental Health, more than 30 million Americans need help dealing with feelings and problems that seem beyond their control -- problems with a marriage or relationship, a family situation, or dealing with losing a job, the death of a loved one, depression, stress, burnout, or substance abuse. Those losses and stresses of daily living can at times be significantly debilitating. Sometimes we need outside help from a trained, licensed professional in order to work through these problems. With appropriate treatment, millions of Americans of all ages can live healthier, more productive lives. 

If you've never consulted a mental health provider before, you may not know how to find one who uits your specific needs. Finding the right one for you may require some research.

Types of Mental Health Professionals

What type of professional is right for me? (Mental Health America)

Mental Health Providers: Find One to Suit Your Needs  (

How to Choose a Therapist (Psychology Today)

Finding Help: How to Choose a Psychotherapist (American Psychological Association)

Types of Treatment

Extraordinary advances have been made in the treatment of mental illness.  As a result, many mental health disorders can now be treated as successfully as physical disorders. Most studies suggest that for major mental health disorders, a treatment approach involving both psychotherapy and medication is more effective than either treatment method used alone.


MedicationMental Health Medications: This guide describes the types of medications used to treat mental disorders, side effects of medications, directions for taking medications, and includes any FDA warnings. (2008). From the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).


What Is Psychotherapy? Psychotherapy, or "talk therapy," is a way to treat people with a mental disorder by helping them understand their illness. It teaches people strategies and gives them tools to deal with stress and unhealthy thoughts and behaviors. Psychotherapy helps patients manage their symptoms better and function at their best in everyday life.

The guide from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), linked above, explains several of the most commonly used psychotherapies including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Interpersonal Therapy, and Family-focused Therapy. In addition to these therapies, many more approaches exist. Some types have been scientifically tested more than others. Also, some of these therapies are constantly evolving. Patients should talk to their doctor or a psychotherapist about planning treatment that meets their specific needs.

Other Types of Treatment

Other types of supplementary treatment may include creative therapies such as music or art therapy. Lifestyle adjustments and supportive measures are often used, including  peer support, self-help, and supported housing or employment. Some people find support groups helpful.

Finding Services

Visit the Payment/Insurance page for information about finding services if you have private insurance, public medical assistance or if you are uninsured or underinsured.

Wisconsin Certified Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Providers by city and county. 
This list provides address, contact and phone information; services provided; and county and region locations. Provided by the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services Division of Quality Assurance.

County Human Service, Social Service and Community Program Agencies  
Provides help with aging and disability-related services, mental health services, alcohol and other drug abuse services, etc. Also handles applications for low income health care programs such as Medicaid and BadgerCare Plus.

Health Clinics for People With No Insurance
Community health centers, free clinics, rural health clinics and reduced rate dental clinics (does not provide information for mental health or substance abuse treatment).

Take A Screening
Mental Health America offers anonymous online mental health screenings, as well as phone screenings. To take a mental health screening online, visit our homepage and click on Mental Health Screening, or call 414-276-3122.


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