Licensed professional counselors (LPCs) are mental health providers who have their Master’s Degree in Counseling or related field. Licensed Professional Counselors receive education in counseling principles and theories. Therapists complete training on-site under a supervisor while they are in the process of working toward licensure. Licensed professional counselors work with individuals, families, and groups in treating mental, behavioral, and emotional problems and disorders.
LCSW and LPC are similar in many ways and both work with mental health and substance abuse issues. Both must earn a Master’s degree and pass a state licensure exam as well as work under supervision prior to licensure. One of the main difference is in the day to day work they each do. LCSW, like an LPC, both see individuals one-on-one but LCSW also focus on finding resources to assist them as well.
Many states do give LPC’s the authority to make a diagnosis on patient’s mental illness. Some states do not explicitly include this in the statutes. Selecting a Diagnosis can help LPC’s and other professionals create a treatment plan which offers a guide for the professional.
No LPCs provide counseling on an individual or group level but they do not prescribe medication. A licensed professional counselor can refer patients in order to get medication when needed. The law authorizes psychiatrists and medical doctors to prescribe medication.
LPCs are often called Therapists as well as Counselors. Licensed professional counselors offer mental health services to couples, families, individuals, and groups. The word Therapist refers other professionals like social workers, school counselors, and marriage and family Therapists.
LPC and LMFT are similar titles and one is not considered better than the other. The main differences between LPC and LMFT is the training focus during their education and their focus during training. LMFTs are more likely to focus on counseling for marriage and families. LPCs also deal with marriage and family issues but they also treat a broader range of mental health issues.
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