Continued from Monday’s post Types of Mental Health Professionals
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)- A social worker is also a master’s level* counselor. Not all social workers provide therapy services but they are trained to do so.
Life Coach- A life coach does not have the mental health training that the other professions listed here have. If you feel as though you just need some help navigating through some minor problems or life transitions you may only need the services of a life coach. If you decide to go this way you should be cautious and well informed as this profession is not regulated as the others are.
Behavior Analyst- A behavior analyst focuses on just that, behavior. They often work with children who have autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or other behavior disorders. There are three different levels based on the degree held but only a masters or doctorate level behavior analyst is allowed to practice independently as determined by the certification board.
Registered Interns- In the state of Florida, an LMFT, LCSW, and a LMHC are all licensed under the same Florida Statute (491). In order to become licensed for any of these three disciplines an individual must receive the corresponding masters degree, pass a state exam, and conduct 1500 hours of counseling (this cannot be completed in less than 2 years) while obtaining supervision from a qualified licensed counselor. A professional who is in the process of becoming licensed is called a registered intern for their field (ie, Registered Marriage & Family Therapist Intern, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern, or Registered Clinical Social Worker Intern).
*A masters degree is required but some individuals may hold higher degrees.