There may be a point in your life which you would like to talk with a mental health professional; you want a licensed professional with whom to talk through your thoughts and feelings. Below are steps to take to help you find the right counselor for you.
- Contact your insurance policy . Ask how many sessions are covered. Ask if you must see a doctor to be reimbursed. If you will not be using insurance, discuss the payment options and sliding scale fee (if available) with your counselor.
- Verify that the provider is licensed click here to verify with the Georgia Licensure Board. Licensure indicates they've undergone rigorous, standardized clinical training, education, taken and passed a national exam, and underwent a state board review and approval.
- Book a consultation. Ask the counselor to explain his or her therapeutic approach including theoretical orientation and discuss their treatment methods. Expect to talk openly and frankly about any issues occurring in your life and how they impact your ability to work, sleep, eat, concentrate, relate to family and so on. If you do not feel that you and the counselor established a good rapport it is completely acceptable to seek out another counselor. Establishing a good rapport is an essential key to effective therapy.
At the end of the consultation, ask the Licensed Professional Counselor to explain any proposed treatment.
A LPC is a highly trained, skilled mental health professional who:
- Holds a Master's or higher degree in Counseling
- Has 4 years of Clinical Internship with directed and supervised experience
- Is licensed by the Secretary of State of Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapist
- Completes yearly continuing education and training required for state licensure.
An LPC guides those struggling with many of life's challenges.
- Relationships, life transitions, career decisions, personal growth, trauma, grief, anger, etc.
An LPC provides counseling and support to individuals diagnosed with clinical disorders.
- Depression, anxiety, unwanted thoughts, substance abuse, addictions, self-harming behaviors, etc.
An LPC helps people heal, grow, and achieve their life goals.
- Works with children, adolescents, and adults.
- Addresses the needs of families, groups, and individuals.
Serves in private practice settings, schools, clinics, agencies, and hospitals.