There are many different types of mental health professionals.
Individuals with master’s or doctoral degrees in clinical psychology, social work, counseling psychology, community psychology, and even education can have training in treating OCD. Then there are the many people of varying levels of education who work underneath the doctors and other professionals.
Many students in different mental-health-based fields (e.g., psychology, social work, counseling, etc.) are required to do internships at various treatment sites and may also work with individuals with OCD. These students are often supervised by a doctoral or master’s level trained clinician as a part of their education.
Some individuals in the education field can also specialize in mental health care and work with individuals with OCD. They may have an EdD (doctorate of education) or an MEd (master’s of education). These individuals often work with school-age children and adolescents, but some also work with the general population.
There are also people in the medical field, such as primary care physicians and nurse practitioners, who can prescribe medications for individuals who are experiencing OCD symptoms. In fact, most individuals who are on medications for anxiety get their first prescriptions from their primary care physician, seeing a psychiatrist only if they need more specialized help.
No matter whom you may see about an OCD concern, just be sure that he or she is a licensed mental health professional. Some individuals call themselves therapists or counselors (depending on what state you live in, this can be legal to do) but have very little training in dealing with OCD.