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Guide to Psychiatry and Counseling


Psychiatry and psychology are overlapping professions. Their area of expertise is the mind -- and the way it affects behavior and well-being. They often work together to prevent, diagnose, and treat mental illness. And both are committed to helping people stay mentally well.

Types of Mental Health Professionals

Psychiatrist. A psychiatrist is a medical doctor (M.D. or D.O.) who specializes in preventing, diagnosing, and treating mental illness. 

Psychologist. A psychologist has a doctoral degree (PhD, PsyD, or EdD) in psychology, which is the study of the mind and behaviors.

Licensed Mental Health Counselor. A psychological counselor is a mental health professional who has a master's degree (MA) in psychology, counseling, or a related field. 

Clinical Social Worker. A clinical social worker has at least a master's degree in social work and training to be able to evaluate and treat mental illnesses.

Psychiatric or Mental Health Nurse. Some nurses have had special training in providing mental health services. 

The Difference Between Counseling and Psychotherapy

Although the terms counseling and therapy are often used interchangeably, there is a difference between psychotherapy and psychological counseling. Counseling focuses on specific issues and is designed to help a person address a particular problem, such as addiction or stress management. The focus may be on problem solving or on learning specific techniques for coping with or avoiding problem areas. Counseling is also usually more short-term than therapy. Psychotherapy is more long-term than counseling and focuses on a broader range of issues.

Types of Psychotherapy

  • Psychoanalytic or psychodynamic therapies. 

  • Behavioral Therapy. 

  • Cognitive Therapy. 

  • Group Therapy. 

  • Humanistic Therapy. 

  • Integrative or Holistic Therapy. 


Getting Started with a Mental Health Professional

Finding the right mental health professional and the right approach to therapy is as important as finding the right medical doctor. If you still aren't feeling comfortable after two or three visits, let the mental health professional know and explain why you feel that way. The two of you need to work together as a team in order to get the most out of your treatment. (By Joseph Saling, December 08, 2021)


Cody Regional Health Cedar Mountain Center
707 Sheridan Ave, Cody, WY 82414
(307) 578-2531
Located in Cody Regional Health Emergency Department
Open 24 hours

Cody Regional Health Behavioral Health Clinic
Cathcart Health Center
424 Yellowstone Ave Suite 220, Cody, WY 82414
(307) 578-2919

West Park Hospital: Cathcart Health Center
Psychiatric Hospital
424 Yellowstone Ave # 220, Cody, WY 82414
(307) 578-2283

Yellowstone Behavioral Health
2538 Big Horn Ave APT 2, Cody, WY 82414
(307) 587-2197

Encompass Counseling, LLC
956 12th St, Cody, WY 82414
(307) 202-3452

Fern Ridge Counseling, LLC
120 Beck Ave, Cody, WY 82414
(307) 578-7601

Hope Clubhouse
1002 Rumsey Ave, Cody, WY 82414
(307) 587-3008


Soar Counseling Services Inc.
424 Yellowstone Ave # 220, Cody, WY 82414
(307) 578-2283

Wallace Johnson Group Home
2713 Cougar Ave, Cody, WY 82414
(307) 587-5112
Open 24 hours

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