LCSW, LMFT, LADC, LPC… and what is a psychotherapist?

The below list is that of Credentialed professionals that are Licensed Mental Health Practitioners. Most States use similar titles, but the actual License Title may change. For example, in Connecticut a Licensed Clinical Social Worker is an LCSW…in Massachusetts a similar Title is LICSW….Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. The key word is “Licensed” . Ph.d, Psy.D and MD are Licensed Credentials recognized nationwide by each State. See your States Mental health Regulatory Agency for exact info.

(General) Licensed Mental Health Professional Titles:

Psychiatrist MD
Psychologist Ph.D.
Licensed Clinical Social worker LCSW
Licensed Professional Counselor LPC
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist LMFT
Licensed Alcohol and Drug counselor LADC
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse APRN

Some States do have registries for unlicensed Mental Health and Alternative Health Practitioners, Connecticut does not. As a matter of fact, as I have mentioned in other blog posts, Connecticut does not even have a Licensing Board for LCSW’s, LMFT’s, LPC’s or LADC’s…the only “regulation” is directly through the Department of Public Health Office of Licensing.

All others are not regulated in any way!
Credentials/Titles such as those below are not Licensed Professions: I inserted blanks, as these titles will usually have a descriptive word or two before ( sometimes after) the…. “Spiritual” Counselor, “Mental Health” Advisor, “Life” Coach, “Career” Consultant

Mental Health Counselor
Allied health Professional
Certified __________***Certifications*** are not licenses
___________Counselor (except as above…LADC, LPC)
___________ Therapist ( except as above…LMFT)
___________ Coach
___________ Advisor
___________ Analyst

Anyone, without so much as a High School Diploma, can legally proclaim and use these titles!
….and there are others! People can be rather creative when coming up with titles that sound “professional”!
Nationwide, the Mental Health Profession is very poorly regulated! However you are taking a huge risk by using the services of an Unlicensed Practitioner. There is little recourse against unethical acts for the client of a Licensed Professional, there is zero recourse against unethical acts of an unlicensed practitioner!

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