Many people are confused by all the different options for getting help.  Marriage and Family Therapists (MFT), Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW) and Psychologists (PhD) all can provide therapy.  Psychiatrists are medical doctors who specialize in medication management.  Very few psychiatrists provide therapy in addition to medication management, partly because their services are so expensive.  Research has shown that, for problems that can be helped with medication, the combination of medication AND therapy is most effective.  If there is a history of childhood abuse, then psychotherapy is the most effective approach.

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At Bay Area Mental Health we work collaboratively with psychiatrists in the Bay Area to provide you the highest quality of care.  We can provide referrals to psychiatrists as well, if you need help finding one.