Therapists in the US

Goals

To identify the number of therapists in the US in 2018 and 2019 specifically Licensed Psychologist (Ph.D., Psy.D., or Ed.D.) , Psychiatrist (M.D. or D.O.) , Licensed Psychological Associate (L.P.A.) , Licensed Professional Counselor (L.P.C.) , Licensed Clinical Social Worker (L.C.S.W.) , Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (L.M.F.T.). The information required for each are: average caseload in terms of clients, what type of institutions they work at (e.g. private practice, hospital, etc.), and how they get paid (insurance vs out-of-pocket).

Early Findings

Licensed Psychologist (Ph.D., Psy.D., or Ed.D.)

  • Number of therapists 2018: 181,700
  • 10-year and annual growth rate: 14% over 10 years, which indicates an approximate annual growth rate of 1.4%
  • Number of therapists 2019: 184,244 (181,700*1.014)
  • Where they work at: they mostly work at universities/college (25.9%), hospital/other health service (25%), and Government/VA Medical Center (16.3%)
  • How they get paid: typically the payment is shared between the client and the insurance provider.

Psychiatrist (M.D. or D.O.)

  • Number of therapists 2018: 28,600
  • 10-year and annual growth rate: 15.8% over 10 years, which indicates an approximate annual growth rate of 1.58%
  • Number of therapists 2019: 29,052 (28,600*1.0158)
  • How they get paid: according to Medscape, the top 3 forms of payment are: insurance (66%), fee-for-service (28%), Accountable Care Organization-ACO (19%)

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (L.M.F.T.)

  • Number of therapists 2018: 55,300
  • 10-year and annual growth rate: 22% over 10 years, which indicates an approximate annual growth rate of 2.2%
  • Number of therapists 2019: 56,517 (55,300*1.022)

Proposed next steps:

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We will continue this research to identify the total number of therapists, average caseload in terms of clients, what type of institutions they work at (e.g. private practice, hospital, etc.), and how they get paid (insurance vs out-of-pocket) for the following professionals: Licensed Psychologist (Ph.D., Psy.D., or Ed.D.), Psychiatrist (M.D. or D.O.), Licensed Psychological Associate (L.P.A.), Licensed Professional Counselor (L.P.C.), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (L.C.S.W.), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (L.M.F.T.)