I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate, or an LPCC. This means that I have completed a Master’s program in counseling and am working towards obtaining my independent license. Now, you may be thinking, “Why would I see an LPCC when I can just see someone with an independent license, or an LPC?” Here are three reasons why seeing an LPCC may be the right decision for you!
1. I receive weekly supervision from an LPC.
A requirement of working towards an independent license is that LPCC’s must maintain post-graduate supervision for a minimum of two years in the state of Colorado. This may differ by state, but all pre-licensed professionals are held to this same standard of licensed supervision. This means that I will be able to discuss client cases with a more experienced professional who can help provide insights, different coping strategies to try, and help me continue to emerge as a counselor.
2. I offer a reduced rate.
Since I have not established an independent license, it is typical for LPCC’s to offer their services at a rate that is lower than an established professional. This does not mean that you are getting the “cheap-o” service. Rather, you are getting similar high quality services at a lower rate because I am not under as much financial obligation to maintain my license through attending continuing education (CE) courses and being a member of professional organizations. As an LPCC I do have to complete CE courses and am advised to become a member of professional organizations, but my CE requirements and membership fees are typically lower than that of an LPC.
3. It is a good fit.
At the end of the day, the most important part of any counseling relationship is the quality of the relationship that you have with your therapist. Titles, training, and experience can only provide so much. My title indicates that I have received supervised training in an environment that specializes in mental health. However, I will be the first to admit that I am always learning and plan to continue to learn throughout my life. I may not have the 15+ years of experience that you hold in high esteem, and if that is a requirement for your successful treatment then do not compromise. But please do not discount my experience (or lack thereof) just because I am working towards an independent license and have not had the ability to work in mental health for a substantial amount of time.
All therapists have started as fresh graduates with less experience than the seasoned therapists. Experience does not equal expertise, and sometimes emerging professionals (like myself) will have the different perspective that you have been searching for in a therapist to create healing.
If you would like to know more about this topic, reach out to Kaitlyn at firstname.lastname@example.org. To schedule a consultation or initial session, please call (303) 720-9424.