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)

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