Here is a list of mental healthcare acronyms that might be of help:
AAMFT – American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy
ACSW – Academy of Clinical Social Work
LCSW – Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Usually requiring a minimum of a Master's degree in Social Work. Refers to those licensed by a state board to provide Social Work based mental therapy.
LMFT – Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
LPC – Licensed Professional Counselor: Usually requires a minimum of a Master’s degree in Counseling along with post graduate supervised experience.
MD – Psychiatrist – Medical Doctor of Psychiatry
MS – Master of Science
MSW – Master of Social Work
PhD - Focuses on original research, data analysis and the evaulation of theory. Indicates experience in both research and clinical work.
PsyD – Doctorate of Psychology is a degree that focuses on the clinical and applied aspects of psychology.
RN – Registered Nurse
SAC – Substance Abuse Counselor: a mental health counselor specializing in treating patients who have a chemical dependency on drugs or alcohol.
Though our clinicians have obtained their degrees through various educational and training programs, they all maintain qualifications that offer excellent methods of mental health counseling. Though we do couples therapy and occasionally have group work, much of the therapy that our clinicians provide is very individually based. It tends to rely on a collaborative approach of mental health counseling and has a flexible outlook on methodologies of counseling, social work, and psychology.