The alphabet soup of letters after a professional's name can be confusing. We hope these descriptions will help you understand what the letters mean and how the professional's training may facilitate your client experience. Your therapist/counselor can discuss their training and licensure in more detail if you have questions.
AMATC. An Associate Multiple Addiction Therapist (AMATC) has completed 120 hours of in-person classroom work (in 4 stages of 1-week increments) and 30 hours of clinical supervision in the CSAT program, plus completed a minimum of another 30 hours of in-person classroom work on the assessment and treatment of other addictions, such as chemical dependency and is working on their state licensure.
APC. An Associate Professional Counselor (APC) is a mental health professional who has met the educational requirements, including at least a Master's degree, and successful completion of the state examination for licensure, and is completing the directed experience and supervision hours as required for the LPC.
ASATC. An Associate Sex Addiction Therapist (ASATC) has completed 120 hours of in-person classroom work (in 4 stages of 1-week increments) and 30 hours of clinical supervision by a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist and is working on their state licensure.
CPCS. A Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor (CPCS) is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over three years experience post licensure and specialized training in supervision, counselor evaluation and ethical dilemmas in supervision. They offer supervision services for hire for students in graduate programs or those pursuing their Professional Counseling License.
Graduate Intern. An individual near the end of earniing their masters level degree completing a required internship under the direction and supervision of a fully licensed professional.
LMSW. A Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) is a trained mental health professional who has met the educational and training requirements, including at least a Master's degree, years of supervised professional clinical experience and successfully completed a state licensure process as a LMSW.
LPC. A Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) is a trained, mental health professional who has met educational and training requirements, including at least a Master’s degree, years of supervised professional clinical experience and successful completion of a state examination for licensure as LPC.
MA. Master of Arts (MA); Master of Education (M.Ed); Master of Science (MS); Master of Social Work (MSW) is a graduate level degree which may be research-based, course-based, or a combination of the two and beyond the Bachelor's level.
MD. A Medical Doctor (MD) is an individual who has graduated from an approved medical school and completed the United States Medical Licensing Exam Steps 1 - 3.
MFT. A Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) is a relationship specialist who treats persons involved in interpersonal relationships. They are trained to assess, diagnose and treat individuals, couples, families and groups to achieve more adequate, satisfying and productive marriage, family and social adjustment. The practice also includes premarital counseling, child counseling, divorce or separation counseling and other relationship counseling.
NCC. A National Certified Counselor (NCC) is a therapist who has received certification from the NBCC (National Board of Certified Counselors) indicating that the therapist has met the national standards set by the counseling profession. NBCC is the largest national counselor certification program in the world.