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Who Am I Working With?





When looking for a therapist, all those letters and titles can be confusing. ⁣⁣

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What does it all mean and does it matter?⁣⁣

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Here is a brief explanation:⁣⁣

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Psychologist: They received a PhD or a PsyD degree. In addition to counseling, they are able to provide psychological testing and assessments. However, some psychologists don’t provide counseling. They are focused on research and teaching.⁣⁣

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Psychiatrist: They are MDs, able to prescribe medication but may or might not provide ongoing counseling. In some states, a PMHNP (Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner) is also able to prescribe medication.⁣⁣

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LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist): They have a Master’s degree. The primarily focus is on therapy for individuals, relationship/couples, families and groups. ⁣⁣ LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor): They have a Master’s degree. The focus is also on counseling. There is little difference from LMFT. For some reason, in some states LPCs are more common and in other states LMFTs are more common. ⁣⁣

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LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker): They have a Master’s degree. The focus is on counseling and they are often trained in community mental health issues. ⁣⁣

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LMFT, LPC and LCSW are not able to prescribe medication.⁣⁣

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In addition to their education degree, all of them had to complete extensive training (2000-3000 hrs) and pass licensing exams in order to legally see clients. ⁣⁣

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Sometimes, depending on the level of care needed, someone can be working with LMFT or LPC as well as a psychiatrist and a psychologist. Each clinician would have a different role and would collaborate together. The LMFT or LPC might meet with the client weekly, the psychiatrist monthly, and the psychologist for a short period of time for any testing that might have been needed / requested.⁣⁣

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Having said all this, I would not choose a clinician solely on their license type. I would focus more on their training, their areas of specializations, what sessions might look like with them, how they view their role as a clinician, and how you feel talking with them.


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