There are a number of different professionals who are trained and licensed to provide psychotherapy. If you have a bipolar spectrum disorder, it’s more than likely that the therapist will be different from the psychiatrist or APRN (or some psychologists in the state of New Mexico) prescribing the medications. Therefore, when picking a therapist it will be important that this person has the ability to communicate freely with the prescriber and vice versa.
Medicare identifies specific professions for whom it will reimburse psychotherapy services. These are medical doctors (MDs), doctors of osteopathy (DOs), licensed psychologists (PhDs), licensed clinical social workers (LCSWs), and advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs).
Beyond this, states have the ability to license and provide some oversight of other clinical professionals, such as licensed professional counselors (LPCs) and marriage and family therapists (MFTs).