Professionals in Mental Health Need to Match Your Need

There are numerous choices to make when looking to find mental health professionals that can meet your needs in developing a successful treatment plan. There are over six different mental health professions with dozens of variations on the type or types of services they offer. It can be a confusing time deciding who to call, who is the right therapist for your needs, or figuring out just what type of mental health provider you do need.

Similarities and Differences among Mental Health Professionals

All mental health professionals who work with or treat individuals or groups, whether in a hospital, out-patient setting, group practice, or in private practice must hold a license to practice. Each state has its own specific rules and regulations for licensure for each type of profession that works directly with patients. The biggest difference found between the different types of mental health professionals can be found in the specialty or focus area and their educational background or degree held.

Mental Health Professionals

There are several different types of mental health providers to choose from when looking to find the right therapist or counselor for you. Some of the different types of professionals available in your community are:

  • Psychiatrist – A psychiatrist is a medical doctor and the only mental health professional that is not only a specialist in mental health care, but one which can prescribe medications. While your family doctor can also prescribe mental health medications they do not hold the background or specialized training and degree for the treatment of mental health disorders. A psychiatrist may also include adjunct services such as cognitive behavioral therapy, group therapy or support groups as part of your individual plan.
  • Psychologist – A psychologist may practice psychotherapy and usually has a doctorate degree, but not a medical degree. Their training may require thousands of hours of training and clinical experience that can include the diagnosis, psychological assessment, psychotherapy, individual, marriage and family counseling. In some states and settings a psychologist may hold a master’s degree and practice under specific guidelines.
  • Clinical Social Worker – A clinical social worker generally have a master’s degree in social work for a M.S.W. and will show L.C.S.W. if they are practiced in providing psychotherapy services. While a clinical social worker may work in private practice they are often found working in a hospital, mental health agency, or in conjunction with a psychiatrist.
  • Psychiatric Nurses – These nurses are registered nurses (RN) who have received specialized psychiatric training where they may provide some forms of psychotherapy. Psychiatric nurses are most typically found in a mental health facility or agency or working with psychiatrists or psychologists.
  • Marriage and Family Therapist – These therapists may hold a master’s degree but rules and regulations vary from state to state, where they may be practicing with a more limited degree and experience. In choosing a marriage and family therapist it is important to check on their educational background as well as experience and training received with mental health disorders.

Psychiatry and Psychotherapy

In addition to medication, psychiatrists may also choose to engage you in psychotherapy, whether in a group or through adjunct services connected to their practice. Some common types of psychotherapy offered include cognitive behavioral therapy, group therapy, family therapy, and psychodynamic therapy to name a few. Your psychiatrist will make the determination as to what your treatment program will include following a comprehensive assessment of your concerns and issues.

Choose the mental health professional who can meet all of your needs. Call Dr. Hege for a confidential appointment – evening and weekend appointments available.

Atlanta Psychiatric Services Geared to Meet Your Busy Life Needs

In this fast paced world, the time we have available to take care of personal mental health needs is often crunched between work hours, family responsibilities, child care and time spent stuck in Atlanta traffic. In our society, the incidence of anxiety, depression, panic attacks and attention deficit disorders continue to rise. In addition, addiction to narcotics, nicotine or alcohol is affecting more and more families on a daily basis.

Finding an experienced psychiatrist who adjusts office hours to meet your hectic schedule opens the door for successful treatment of your mental health concerns.

Convenient Atlanta Psychiatric Office Hours

Evening and weekend hours offered by a qualified psychiatrist with over 30 years of experience gives more patients easier access to a comprehensive evaluation and effective treatment plan. Dr. Hege offers hope and positive therapeutic change to those who need convenient office hours around your busy lifestyle.

Thorough Comprehensive Psychiatric Evaluation

Each person has their own unique symptoms or behaviors that interfere with normal daily life and interpersonal life skills. A comprehensive evaluation is the cornerstone in making the correct diagnosis. The development of an effective treatment plan is based on your individual needs, physiology, symptoms and behaviors. Your treatment plan may include medications, cognitive behavioral therapy, or alternative services to best meet your changing needs and progress.

Areas of Atlanta Psychiatric Treatment Offered

Dr. Hege, MD, a highly respected Atlanta psychiatrist, develops individual treatment plans that have proven successful for decades. Patients of Dr. Hege have been able to regain control of their lives through medication management, CBT, and other augmentive services. Mental health concerns addressed include:

  • Adult Men and Women with ADHD
  • Narcotics Addiction
  • Cocaine Addiction
  • Panic and Anxiety Attacks
  • Depression
  • Tobacco and Nicotine Addiction
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorders
  • Psychiatric Medication adjustment to reduce side effects

Psychiatric Augmentive Therapy Resources

Dr. Hege believes in treating the whole person to achieve the highest rate of success through his therapeutic treatment plan. While he focuses solely on psychiatry, he recommends professional resources from a network of skilled therapists trained in the use of advanced techniques in combination with or without medication. Unique resources available include:

  • EEG Biofeedback or Neurotherapy often used to treat ADHD
  • Couples Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Individual Therapy
  • International Cultural Coaching including management and success in a culturally diverse world
  • EMDR, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, used in recovery from effects of trauma and abuse
  • Evening Recovery Program for small group addiction counseling

Atlanta Psychiatrist Dr. Hege a Phone Call Away

Dr. Hege’s methodology and strategies can work for you. Make the call today to set up an appointment at a day and time that fits your schedule. Help really is just a phone call away.