There are many types of mental health professionals. Each type has its own training, techniques, and area of expertise.
Psychologists may have either a master's degree (MA) or a doctoral degree (PhD, PsyD, EdD). They complete at least 1 year of special training after earning their degree. They must pass a national exam to be licensed.
Ask questions and get referrals from people you know and trust. You could check with:
You may also want to contact professional organizations such as: