With the current list of counseling treatments standing at over 300, it's a tough job to keep up to date. Here's a list of terms often used in reference to popular theories.
By: Dr. Susan LaCombe aka Shrinklady
Updated: November 9, 2018
Bioenergetic Analysis Therapy
Cognitive Analytic Therapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy
Eye Movement Desensitizaiton & Reprocessing Therapy
Functional Analytic Psychotherapy
Marital and Family Systems Therapy
(Also a good review of how music therapy helps.)
Rational Emotive Therapy
Short-Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
Solution Focused Therapy
One of the best ways for learning the craft of counseling is through your own personal therapy.
As an experienced therapist, I know that the biggest factor affecting my effectiveness as a therapist is my ability to recognize when issues are about ME and when they are about my CLIENT.
This is absolutely essential for doing good therapy.
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Counseling is available in most parts of the world. It's known in these countries as:
Spanish - Consejería
Chinese - 辅导
Dutch - Counseling
French - Counseling
German - Beratung
Greek - Counseling
Italian - Consulenza
Japanese - カウンセリング
Korean - 상담
Portuguese - Assessoramento
Russian - консультирование
LMFT - Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
LCSW - Licensed Clinical Social Worker
LCSW-R - Licensed Clinical Social Worker
LMSW - Licensed Master Social Worker
ACSW - Academy of Certified Social Workers
LIS - Licensed Independent Social Worker
LCS - Licensed Clinical Social Worker
LICSW - Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
LMA - Licensed Master's in Social Work - Advanced Clinical Practitioner
CSW - Clinical Social Worker
APRN - Advanced Practice Registered Nurses
RPN - Registered Psychiatric Nurse
LMHC - Licensed Mental Health Counselor
LPC - Licensed Professional Counselor
LPCC - Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
RPC - Registered Professional Counsellor (Canadian)
NCC - National Certified Counselor
CCC – Canadian Certified Counsellor
RCC – Registered Clinical Counsellor (B.C.)
CGP - Certified Group Psychotherapist
CHT - Certified Hypnotherapist
ATR - Registered Art Therapist
CAC - Certified Addictions Counselor
CAP - Certified Addictions Professional
LAC - Licensed Addiction Counselor
CADC - Certified Alcholol and Drug Counselor
CATC - Certified Addiction Treatment Counselor
CCDC - Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor
SAP - Substance Abuse Professional
CRC - Certified Rehabilitation Counselor
CCRC - Canadian Certified Rehabilitation Counselor
RRP – Registered Rehabilitation Professional (Canadian)
R. Psych or C. Psych – Registered Psychologist (the 'C' stands for Certificate of Registration)
In many states - as I understand it - many psychologists only list their doctorate training - not their licensing.
BCD - Board Certified Diplomate
DCSW - Diplomate in Clinical Social Work
FAACP - Fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Psychology
A wonderful and useful place to get vital information. Found it handy in My Masters In Social Work Counseling Course.
Thanks for dropping a note Moses.
Graduating in a few weeks as a MFT intern. What you do is so exciting.
Not sure how to start! Patti
It's realy good to gain a kowledge from this page..
Am a student at MT. Kenya University taking counseling psychology and your theories has been of great significance to my studies. Thanks for your assistance.
Hello, I'm a trained counsellor and holistic therapist and I'm struggling at the moment on how to work combining both approaches and still get membership to the BACP. I think I should be able to counsel others in a combination approach, working on the mind, body and spirit at the same time, but I believe the BACP classes this as being unethical, due to boundary issues.
How can I get around this to offer the client, whatever they need at the given moment, without having to separate things.
Hello Kal, thanks for your question. It's a good one and especially timely in this day and age.
Could you clarify what organization the BACP is? There's so many regulatory organizations and I want to be sure I'm referencing the right one.
Also, I've got quite back-up of questions so it might be a while before I get back to you on it.
Thanks for visiting myShrink!
this is a great site. I am doing developmental psychology and about to write my exams and i have gained alot from you guys thumbs up.
I understand that working as a therapist in any field is very hard.Thanks for the theories it really help me understand the different fields and how u have to take patience and time everyday to succeed in your career.
The theories are of great assistance to me, as I am a trainee counsellor in Kenya.