Provider Definitions


A Psychiatrist (MD) is a physician who first attends medical school and then completes a residency in the specialty of Psychiatry.  He/she may specialize further by completing a fellowship, for example in Child Psychiatry or Neuropsychiatry.   A Psychiatrist provides psychiatric evaluations, can prescribe medication and can assist patients who need hospitalization.

What does "Board Certified" mean?  A physician must be licensed in the state where he/she practices, and while this medical licensure sets the minimum competency requirements to diagnose and treat patients, it is not specialty specific.  Board certification means a physician has passed rigorous testing in his/her specialty.   This medical specialty certification in the United States is a voluntary process.   Board certification demonstrates a physician’s exceptional expertise in a particular specialty and/or subspecialty of medical practice.

A Nurse Practitioner (APRN) is a Registered Nurse who also has a Masters Degree.  They have extensive psychiatric and pharmacological education.  Nurse Practitioners are considered mid-level, independent practitioners in the State of Nebraska.  They prescribe medicine and work collaboratively with physicians.

A Physician Assistant (PA) completes a Bachelor’s degree and then completes an accredited Physician Assistant program of approximately two years.  A PA is a mid-level medical practitioner who can prescribe medication and works under the supervision of a licensed physician (an MD).

A Psychologist (PhD, PsyD, EdD) is a Doctorate-level professional who provides psychological evaluations, psychological testing and psychotherapy.

A Psychotherapist (CMSW, CPC, LIMHP, LMHP, LCSW, MS) is a Masters-level therapist in either clinical social work or counseling who specializes in providing therapy for a wide variety of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, marital and relationship issues, parenting, and emotional, sexual and physical abuse.

A Licensed Chemical Dependency Abuse Counselor (LADAC) is a Masters-level therapist who provides evaluation and treatment of chemical dependence and abuse.