Tuesday, September 10, 2013

I want to see a therapist, but where do I start?!


Finding the right therapist can sometimes be a very overwhelming task. Not only are there hundreds of therapists in the Houston area, but each therapist has a different title, different license, and different areas of specialty. What does it all mean? The first place to start when selecting the right therapist is to understand therapists’ qualifications and specialty areas. The following is a description of therapists’ licenses, their qualifications, and the clients they are most likely to work with.
LPC- Licensed Professional Counselor
Education Requirements: Master’s degree or higher
Level of experience required: 3,000 hours of supervised experience
Services offered may include:
·      Individual Counseling
·      Group Counseling
·      Marriage Counseling
·      Family Counseling
·      Chemical dependency counseling
·      Rehabilitation counseling
·      Education counseling
·      Career development counseling
·      Sexual issues counseling
·      Psychotherapy
·      Play therapy
·      Diagnostic assessment
LMFT- Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Education Requirements: Master’s degree or higher
Level of experience required: 3,000 hours of supervised experience
Services offered may include:
·      Marriage therapy
·      Sex therapy
·      Family therapy
·      Child therapy
·      Play therapy
·      Individual therapy
·      Divorce therapy
·      Mediation
·      Group therapy
·      Chemical dependency therapy
·      Rehabilitation therapy
·      Diagnostic assessment
LCSW- Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Education Requirements: Master’s Degree or higher
Level of Experience required: 2 years of supervised experience
Services offered may include:
·      Interviewing
·      Assessment
·      Planning
·      Intervention
·      Evaluation
·      Case management
·      Mediation
·      Counseling
·      Supportive counseling
·      Direct practice
·      Information and referral
·      Problem solving
·      Consultation
·      Education
·      Advocacy
Interns and Associates- (LPC-Intern, LMFT-A, LCSW-Intern)
Education Requirements: Master’s Degree or higher
Level of Experience: Varies (most are working towards 2 years or 3,000 hours of supervised experience)
Services offered may include: Any of the above mentioned areas within their license title. Most interns have counseling training and experience within their Master’s degree program, as well as their experience acquired during internship. Interns meet with their supervisor, a licensed clinician within their field, every week, or every other week, to discuss their cases and receive guidance.
Information provided by: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/counselor/