LICSW- Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. This means that I have a license to practice social work, and therapy independently, without the supervision of another licensed provider. I am trained as a therapist and social worker. All therapists with this license have an MSW, Master’s in Social Work, and they are licensed by their state to practice independently. We passed a state licensing exam, after completing 3000 hours of supervised clinical experience under a LICSW. We are also required to get 30 CEUs (Continuing Education Credits) every 2 years. We can also accept almost all insurance plans.
LMHC- Licensed Mental Health Counselor. This licensed professional follows many of the above guidelines.
LMFT- Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. These professionals also follow many of the same guidelines as listed above.
PhD- These practitioners have a PhD, or doctorate’s degree, and are considered “doctors” as psychologists. Some Psychologists may have a PsyD. Psychologists often see clients for therapy, but can also perform psychological testing for clients. Psychologists do not prescribed any medications.
MD- Psychiatrists have a Medical Degree (MD). Psychiatrists mainly work as prescribers of medications for mental health reasons (and for some illnesses and medical conditions such as dementia, chronic pain and addictions), and do not often spend time in therapy.