Because the mental health field is broad and encompasses a number of specialties, Dr. Minter often encounters confusion when it comes to which provider does what. The chart above should help clarify terms such as "psychiatrist" and "psychologist" and what the differences are between specialties. Most importantly, psychiatrists are physicians who treat mental health challenges with medicine and sometimes with talk therapies. Psychologists, by contrast, treat mental health challenges with behavioral strategies, including talk therapy. For individuals seeking medication, the appropriate provider is either a primary care physician (generalist) or a psychiatrist (specialist). As a psychologist, Dr. Minter does not prescribe medication. He can, however, help you think through whether or not you would like to be evaluated for medication and refer you to one of the psychiatrists in our area.