This page is designed to answer frequently asked questions individuals may have about LPC Interns and explain why they are very often one of the best choices you can make in choosing a psychotherapist.
What does the term LPC Intern mean?
In Texas, an LPC Intern is a temporarily licensed professional counselor. This means that the intern possesses at least a Master’s degree in counseling or related field (including supervised field experiences, “practicum”) and have successfully passed the National Counselor Exam (NCE). They then applied and were accepted for the temporary license. In the state of Texas, this means the intern must remain in supervision for the first 3,000 hours of their career before upgrading to an LPC credential that allows independent (unsupervised) practice.
Is an LPC Intern a student?
No. An intern has already completed their graduate degree, completed practicum and other experiential training in graduate school, successfully passed the NCE, and been temporarily licensed by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors. Interns are not students, but initiates into the profession of counseling in the early stages of building a professional identity as a counselor.
Is an LPC Intern inexperienced?
No. While in graduate school, students are required to complete practicum (field experience or live training). The minimum required to graduate is 300 hours, but most students do more. As LPC Interns have graduated, they have completed their required trainings. While in graduate school, students may even select practicum that specialize in certain populations, diagnoses, or treatments. Therefore, some interns already have specialized training in some areas having completed such practicum while in graduate school. Additionally, some interns are actually transitioning from one mental health profession to another or transitioning from one previous career in another field to counseling. The licensing laws in Texas require that all individuals seeking to become a Licensed Professional Counselor obtain a temporary license, even for those who may have practiced in the mental health field under a different license as the professional identity of “counselor” can be quite different from that of a social worker or a marriage and family therapist (as an example). As such, interns have varying levels of experience and potentially a variety of specialties or specialized training.
Is therapy right for me/us?
The simple answer is, if you want to make a change in your life, therapy can help. Therapy can benefit anyone who wants to improve their quality of life. I have found that while there are a number of factors that make therapy “successful,” the most important one is you, the client. It takes courage, commitment, and vulnerability to get the most out of therapy. So if you are ready to learn more about yourself, overcome barriers, develop healthier habits, and improve relationships, I’m here for you.
How long are sessions?
Sessions are typically 50 minutes in length.
How often do we meet?
Typically, sessions occur once per week. We may decide to increase or decrease the frequency of visits depending on progress and need.
How long will I be in treatment?
Length of treatment depends on the presenting issue and the goals of treatment. Brief treatment might be as short as three to five sessions while longer term therapy might last several years. We will collaborate to determine the length of treatment that is both clinically appropriate and best meets your needs.