Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC) in California

By David Joel Miller.

LPCC’s off to a slow start.

LPCC licenses are being issued. My notice arrived in the mail this week. My license number LPC-15.

I had expected a much higher number. My Marriage and Family Therapist license is number 45390. I feel sure the number of Licensed Clinical Social Workers is a lot higher than that.

We sure seem to be off to a slow start. But when I consider that California is the last state to begin to license LPCC’s or any other kind of Professional Counselor it is not surprising that there are so few to start. I think there is a difference in the things the two specialties do and so evidently does the licensing board.

The differences between the professions are the reason why I elected to apply and test for a second license despite having my LMFT license. To those of you outside California, this probably all sounds a lot strange.

The growing recognition that mental health is a vitally important field and we need a lot more practitioners has resulted in the creation of new specialties and licenses. The names and the regulations vary a lot from state to state and country to country.

Let us only hope that the creation of more titles does not confuse the clients.

If you have questions on the various mental health professions please ask and I will try to answer them to the best or my abilities.

With the issuing of these licenses does it make sense that in California Substance Abuse Counselors are only registered not licensed? And why does it look like no one regulates “Life Coaches” despite the apparent similarities to therapy in what they say they do?

I am guessing that someone is likely to propose licensing Substance Abuse Councilors and Life Coaches soon.

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