Mental Health Providers

Mental Health  Providers

Mental Health Provider For iMedBilling

Mental health specialty encompasses diagnosing, treating, and preventing mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders. It involves an integrated approach to care, addressing mental health's psychological, biological, and social aspects. Professionals in this field work to improve the overall well-being of individuals by managing conditions like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and more. This specialty emphasizes personalized treatment plans, including therapy, medication, lifestyle changes, and support systems. Mental health care aims to enhance quality of life, promote resilience, and foster healthy coping mechanisms for various life challenges and mental health conditions. In addition to symptom relief, good mental health care gives patients the tools they need to reach their full potential and lead happy, satisfying lives

Types of Mental Health Professionals

Many mental health specialists can assist you on your path to wellness. These professionals practice in various locations, from hospitals and psychiatric centers to community offices, schools, and clinics. 

The descriptions below provide an overview of what to look for and the credentials to expect from different mental health professionals. Understanding the various areas of expertise and training can make finding the right professional for your needs easier

Detailed Components

Assessment and Therapy

Therapists help individuals understand and cope with their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. They offer guidance to improve life skills and assist in assessing and diagnosing mental health conditions.


Psychologists possess the highest level of education (doctoral degrees) in the mental health, specializing in areas like clinical psychology, counseling, or education. They specialize in conducting thorough mental health exams using standardized tests, psychological evaluations, and clinical interviews

Counselors, Clinicians, Therapists

These professionals hold master's degrees and are trained to evaluate mental health and provide therapeutic techniques. Their titles can vary, including counselor, clinician, and therapist, depending on the treatment setting.

Clinical Social Workers

Clinical social workers are trained in therapeutic approaches and mental health evaluation. They also provide advocacy and case management service

Prescribe and Monitor Medication

The following professionals can prescribe medication, conduct assessments, and provide therapy.


Psychiatrists are medical professionals who focus on psychiatry. They are qualified to treat, prescribe, and oversee the use of drugs and diagnose mental health issues. Certain psychiatrists have undergone further training in specific fields, such as substance use disorders or the mental health of children and adolescents. The emergence of psychopharmacology in the mid-20th century significantly advanced psychiatric practice

Detailed Mental Health

  • Psychiatric or Mental Health Nurse Practitioners

    These nurse practitioners can assess, diagnose, and treat mental health conditions. Depending on state regulations, they may also prescribe and monitor medications

  • Primary Care Physicians and Family Nurse Practitioners

    While primary care physicians (PCPs) and family nurse practitioners (FNPs) can prescribe medications, collaboration with mental health specialists is recommended for comprehensive care

  • Psychiatric Pharmacists

    These pharmacists specialize in mental health medications. They can prescribe or recommend drugs and manage medication therapy.

Psychiatric Pharmacists

These pharmacists specialize in mental health medications. They can prescribe or recommend drugs and manage medication therapy

Other Professionals You May Encounter

Certified-Peer-Specialists: Individuals with lived experience of mental health conditions or substance use disorders, providing support and mentoring

Social Workers

Provide case management, discharge planning, and other support services

Pastoral Counselors

The Clergy has training in clinical pastoral education and offers counseling and support from a spiritual perspective.

Modern Trends and Events

The accessibility of mental health treatment has significantly improved due to the strategic integration of these services within primary care settings and the flourishing adoption of telemedicine. Notable events include:
The rise of teletherapy during the COVID-19 pandemic has made mental health services more accessible.
The Mental-Health-Parity and Addiction-Equity-Act (MHPAEA) of 2008 required insurance coverage for mental health to be on par with physical health.
Growing public awareness and destigmatization campaigns, supported by celebrities and public figures advocating for mental health.
Selecting the appropriate mental health provider is essential, and understanding their roles and credentials helps ensure you receive the appropriate care. To find services and mental health specialists in your region, call the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Helpline.

Common Mental Health Disorders Providers

  • Depression

    Marked by a protracted sense of melancholy, a decline in interest, and a number of mental and physical health issues

  • Anxiety Disorders

    Evaluate symptoms, diagnose conditions, and develop treatment plans for various health issues, including infections, injuries, and chronic diseases like diabetes, hypertension, and asthma.

  • Bipolar Disorder

    Involves episodes of mania & depression, affecting mood, energy, and activity levels.

  • Schizophrenia

    A severe disorder impacting thought processes, emotions, and behavior, often including hallucinations and delusions

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

    Occurs after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event, causing flashbacks, severe anxiety, and uncontrollable thoughts about the event

  • Obsessive-compulsive Disorder

    is characterized by compulsive activities and unwelcome, recurring thoughts (obsessions).

Treatment Modalities Providers


Psychotherapy, referred to as talk therapy, is the mainstay of mental health care. It includes a variety of methods intended to assist people in comprehending and altering their feelings, ideas, and actions. Common forms include:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Focuses on identifying and changing negative thought patterns and behaviors.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Combines CBT with mindfulness strategies to manage emotions and reduce self-destructive behaviors

Psychodynamic Therapy

Explores unconscious processes and past experiences to understand current behavior and thoughts.

Detailed Components

Humanistic Therapy

Emphasizes personal growth and self-actualization


Focuses on improving interpersonal relationships and social functioning.


Psychiatric medications such as antidepressants, antipsychotics, mood stabilizers, and anxiolytics to manage symptoms

Electroconvulsive Therapy

Used primarily for severe depression that hasn't responded to other treatments.

Support Groups

Encourage others with comparable mental health issues to help one another and exchange experiences

Importance of Integrated Care

Mental health care increasingly involves integrated approaches that combine medical, psychological, and social support services. Collaboration among various health professionals ensures that patients receive comprehensive and holistic care, treating the underlying causes and relevant variables in addition to the symptoms

Emerging Trends in Mental Health

  • Teletherapy

    Using video conferencing and digital platforms to provide remote therapy sessions.

  • Mindfulness and Meditation

    Incorporating mindfulness practices into therapy to improve mental health outcomes.

  • Genetic and Neuroscientific Research

    Advancing understanding of the biological underpinnings of mental health disorders, leading to more targeted treatments

  • Cultural Competence

    Emphasizing the importance of culturally sensitive care to better serve diverse populations.

Mental Health Resources

American Psychiatric Association

Provides guidelines, research, and resources for psychiatric professionals.

National-Alliance on Mental-Illness

Provides advocacy, education, and assistance to those who are impacted by mental illness.

Mental Health America

Promotes awareness and early intervention.

Significance of Psychologists

Psychologists play a critical role in the mental health field by providing specialized therapy and assessment services.Their proficiency in comprehending brain processes and human behavior enables them to create and carry out efficient treatment programs. Psychologists' ability to conduct comprehensive psychological assessments aids in accurate diagnosis and personalized care. Additionally, their involvement in research contributes to advancing mental health practices and evidence-based treatments. Through individual and group therapy, psychologists help patients manage symptoms, develop coping strategies, and achieve better mental health outcomes. Their work is integral to the multidisciplinary approach to mental health care, ensuring that patients receive holistic and effective treatment.

Individual Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy, 30 minutes with a patient
This code is used for a face-to-face psychotherapy session with the patient lasting 16 to 37 minutes.
It commonly involves brief, focused sessions addressing specific issues.

Psychotherapy, 45 minutes with a patient
Used for sessions lasting 38 to 52 minutes.
Allows for more in-depth exploration and therapeutic interventions compared to shorter sessions.

Psychotherapy, 60 minutes with a patient
Applied to sessions lasting 53 minutes or longer.
Suitable for extensive therapeutic work, often involving more complex or severe issues.

             Interactive Complexity

This is an addon code used when psychotherapy involves factors complicating communication, such as when dealing with children, individuals with cognitive impairments, or those with severe psychiatric symptoms.

Psychotherapy for crisis; first 60 minutes
Used for the first 60 minutes of a psychotherapy session focused on addressing an immediate crisis.
Typically, it involves urgent assessment and intervention.

Each additional 30 minutes of crisis psychotherapy
Addon code used for each additional 30-minute increment beyond the first 60 minutes of crisis therapy.

Family Psychotherapy

Family psychotherapy (without the patient present)

Used for family therapy sessions focused on family dynamics without the identified patient present

 Addresses issues like family communication, conflict resolution, and support

Family psychotherapy (with the patient present)

 Used for conjoint family therapy sessions where the identified patient is present.

It focuses on the patient's and family's interaction, promoting better understanding and support

Multiple family group psychotherapy

This code is for group therapy sessions involving multiple families.

Aimed at fostering support and shared learning among different families facing similar issues

Group Psychotherapy

Group psychotherapy (other than a multiple-family group)
Used for therapy sessions with multiple patients (not families) working on similar issues.
Encourages peer support and group dynamics as therapeutic tools.

Psychiatric diagnostic evaluation (without medical services)
Initial assessment involves a comprehensive review of the patient's mental health history, symptoms, and functioning.
Does not include medical services such as prescribing medications.

Psychiatric diagnostic evaluation with medical services
Includes the same components as 90791 but also involves medical services like physical examinations and prescribing medications.

 Psychological Testing and Evaluation

Psychological testing evaluation by a psychologist or physician, first hour
Used for the initial hour of psychological testing and evaluation, involving the administration and interpretation of tests.

Psychological testing evaluation, each additional hour
Addon code is used for each hour beyond the initial hour, which is covered by 96130.

Neuropsychological testing evaluation by a psychologist or physician, first hour
They are used for the initial hour of neuropsychological testing and evaluation, focusing on brain-behavior relationships.

Neuropsychological testing evaluation, each additional hour
Addon code is used for each hour beyond the initial hour, covered by 96132.

30 minutes Psychological or neuropsychological test administration and scoring by a technician.
Used when a technician administers and scores psychological or neuropsychological tests, covering the first 30-minutes.

Psychological/neuropsychological test administration and scoring, each additional 30 minutes
Addon code for each 30-minute increment beyond the initial 30 minutes covered by 96136.

Health Behavior Assessment and Intervention

Health behavior assessment, or reassessment
It is used to assess health behaviors and develop treatment plans to promote health and well-being.

Health behavior intervention, individual, face-to-face; initial 30 minutes
Used for the first 30 minutes of face-to-face individual health behavior intervention.

Health behavior intervention, individual, face-to-face; each additional 15 minutes

 Addon code for each 15minute increment beyond the initial 30 minutes covered by 96158

Health behavior intervention, group, face-to-face; initial 30 minutes

  Used for the first 30 minutes of face-to-face group health behavior intervention.

Health behavior intervention, group, face-to-face; each additional 15 minutes

 Addon code for each 15-minute increment beyond the initial 30 minutes covered by 96164

Health behavior intervention, family (with the patient present), initial 30 minutes
Used for the first 30 minutes of face-to-face family health behavior intervention with the patient present.

Health behavior intervention, family (with the patient present), each additional 15 minutes

 Addon code for each 15-minute increment beyond the initial 30 minutes covered by 96167

Health behavior intervention, family (without the patient present), initial 30 minutes
Used for the first 30 minutes of face-to-face family health behavior intervention without the patient present.

Health behavior intervention, family (without the patient present), each additional 15 minutes

 Addon code for each 15-minute increment beyond the initial 30 minutes covered by 96170

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