1. What is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)?

Licensed professional counselor (LPC) is a licensure for mental health professionals.

In the United States, licensure as a licensed professional counselor occurs at the state level and requires a master's degree in counseling or a related field. LPCs must have a master's or doctoral degree in a mental health field, including 60 graduate semester hours in 9 core content areas. They must also have 2 years of supervised clinical work experience totaling 3,000 hours and 200 hours of face-to-face supervision. And they must pass the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE) and a state licensing exam, adhere to a strict Code of Ethics, recognized standards of practice, as regulated by the state's counselor licensure board. 

2. How long does therapy take?


Although some clients elect to pursue long-term in depth treatment, many issues can be resolved within 12-24 sessions. Of course, the success of any treatment depends on the motivation, willingness and dedication of the person being treated.


3. Is therapy the same for everyone?


Of course not; each relationship is unique. Psychotherapist and his/her client create therapy together. The way that you decide to live your life will be different from someone else's decisions.


4. Will I get better in therapy?


Many studies have consistently concluded that therapy helps. Some of these studies are objective, independent measures & others use subjective ratings. Some have thousands of subjects and others report on a progress of a single individual. The vast majority of people report making gains whether they are in the areas of feeling better, acting more effectively, or thinking more rationally. It has been my experience that the overwhelming majority of willing clients improve their situations through therapy.


5. Is any potential risk to my health involved during therapy?


As with any change in your life, you should be aware that outcomes of therapy can be unpredictable. Treatment is intended to induce change in your life, and when this change occurs it may disrupt your accustomed manner of living and your relationships with others. You should also know that positive change takes work and you may be asked to try things that are difficult for you. Some people reach their goals fairly quickly and without much discomfort, while others need more time and feel more stress through the process. The experience of each individual is impossible to predict as each person has their own unique strengths and problems.


6. Would I benefit from medication? Should I see a psychiatrist?


The decision about whether medication is indicated for a particular client is deeply important and highly idiosyncratic. Some people attach a stigma to receiving chemical assistance for their mental health. Others sometimes have unrealistic expectations about the magic results that psychotropic medications hold, and they minimize the potential negative side effects. Clients benefit from the right prescription and proper use of medication when they need biological intervention. First, they counsel with their therapist who can give them the names of some psychiatrists. Second, after getting a medical consult again they discuss their situation with their therapist.


7. I tried therapy before and it didn't work, why should I try it again?

Sometimes the connection between the therapist and client or the therapeutic modality isn't a right one. Just as you sometimes have to switch medication, you may need to switch therapists or treatment modalities to achieve success.
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