A professional caring mental health is an important component of your overall well-being. Finding the right therapist or counselor is helpful to achieving emotional and psychological stability. However, choosing a mental health provider can be confusing given the range of professionals and approaches available. Understanding a therapist’s credentials is essential to making an informed decision that will benefit you.
What Are Credentials?
Credentials refer to the education, training, and licensing required for a mental health professional to practice therapy. The type of credential varies depending on the level of education and expertise. Common mental health credentials include Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT).
Importance of LPC and LMFT Credentials
LPC and LMFT credentials represent that the therapists has attained certain standards in the mental health field. LPCs usually specialize in individual and group counseling, while LMFTs because of their training focus on family and relationship therapy. Mental health professionals that have these licensures have completed a master’s degree in counseling. In addition to years of supervised clinical experience and passed various licensing exams. Practitioners with LPCs and LMFT’s credentials continue to take yearly education requirements in their field. This ongoing training will make them better equipped to provide therapy, as well as ensuring best ethical practices.
Non-Licensed Mental Health Providers
Non-licensed mental health providers may offer emotional support and guidance. Many may lack the level of education, training and licensing requirements of an LPCs and LMFTs. As a result, their approach to therapy and their ability to provide ethical and effective treatment may be unknown.
Why It’s Important to Ask About Credentials
Inquiring about your mental health provider’s credentials is a important to ensuring that you receive quality therapy. Understanding a counselor’s qualifications helps clients determine if their therapists will meet their needs.
Comprehending a mental health provider’s credentials is a good first step towards finding the right therapist or counselor. LPC and LMFT credentials signify that Arkansas counseling standards have been met and that they are current. This makes these therapists them a good professional choice. Non-licensed mental health providers may be an option for some. Inquiring about a person’s approaches and type of training will help make sure that you are getting the right help.
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Rebuilding relationship trust after addiction issues is possible. This can be a long and challenging process, and here are some tips:
Honesty is best policy: Honesty is crucial in rebuilding trust. It is essential to be open and honest about your addiction, struggles, and your recovery journey. It may be uncomfortable, but it’s important to share your thoughts, feelings, and concerns with each other.
Stay Consistent: Consistency is important to building trust. Show your partner that you are committed to your recovery and that you are maintaining your sobriety. Follow through with your promises and commitments.
Communication : It is vital in any relationship, but it’s especially important when rebuilding trust. Talk to your partner regularly and openly about your progress, challenges, and on going goals.
Take your time: Rebuilding trust takes time, and it won’t happen overnight. Be patient and understand that it may take some time for your partner to trust you again.
Find a supportive community. Find support groups, therapy, trusted friends and safe family members. Having a support system will help you stay accountable, motivated and committed to your recovery goals.
Actions speak louder than words. Show your partner that you are committed to making positive changes in your life by staying sober, making healthier choices and treating them with respect and kindness.
Remember, trust is easily lost and not easily earned. Trust can be rebuilt with time, willingness and consistency. If you would like to talk about your own situation, I am offering a sliding scale fee for 60-minute sessions. Please call NWA Marriage & Family Therapy at 479-225-0055 and leave a voice mail.
Building and maintaining healthy relationships is a journey that requires effort, patience, and commitment, to a likeminded individual. Whether you’re in a romantic partnership, a friendship, or a family relationship, the following tips can help you establish and nurture healthy connections.
Effective communication is key to any healthy relationship. This means being open and honest with your partner or friend, expressing your needs and concerns in a respectful manner, and actively listening to their perspective. Communication also involves being mindful of your tone and body language and avoiding behaviors that might be considered negative.
Trust is another essential element of healthy relationships. This involves being reliable, consistent, and transparent in your actions, and respecting your partner’s boundaries and privacy. Trust also means being vulnerable and sharing your thoughts and feelings with your partner and being supportive of them in kind.
Healthy relationships also require a willingness to compromise and work through conflicts. This means acknowledging and addressing issues when they arise, and seeking out solutions that work for both parties. It also involves being patient and empathetic and understanding that relationships are not always perfect or easy.
Finally, self-care is crucial for maintaining healthy relationships. This means taking care of your own physical and emotional needs, setting boundaries to protect your time and energy, and prioritizing activities that bring you joy and fulfillment. When you take care of yourself, you are better equipped to show up as your “best self” in your relationships.
Please call NWA Marriage Family Therapy at 479-225-0055 Office V. M. to make a 60 min. appointment. Offering an affordable sliding scale fee for clients who live in the NWA area or anywhere in Arkansas. Weekends are available..
Offering Affordable Premarital Counseling in the NWA area customized to fit your needs in the NWA area do you have a limited time frame? One session or a few NWA Marriage and Family Therapy can help you customize your premarital counseling to fit your busy lifestyle and budget.
Call NWA Marriage & Family Therapy 479-225-0055 to set your premarital counseling appointment with a licensed Marriage and Family Therapists.
Celebrate your relationship on this Valentines Day and make it meaningful. It might take some effort sometimes to work out the glitches and endure the ups and downs. If you are needing any type of relationship support, be it dating, in a live in situation, premarital or marriage support.
Please call Northwest Arkansas Marriage and Family Therapy Office at 479-225-0055, leave a voice message and I will return your call. Flexible appointment times to fit all schedules. Look forward to speaking soon about your situation. Serving NWA specifically and all of Arkansas both virtually and in person Thank you.
Happy New Year’s 2019. Reflecting on 2018 I was thinking some times it is good to take a look back to remember those folks who lived and came before us. Way before us. We are here because they survived and had the strength to carry on even in very difficult circumstances, often facing situations that in their time seemed impossible to overcome or endure. We as people, are stronger and more resilient than we believe to face our situations.
Please call NWA Marriage & Family Therapy @ 479-225-0055 to set an appointment for couples or individual counseling, at your convenience. If you need my services, in Fayetteville, Bella Vista, or Ft. Smith.please leave a voice message and I will call back.
Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you.
Happy 2019 New Year’s to all as we head forward.
Counseling, Therapy in the age of AI– Erica
Watching this you tube video of Erica an AI android, was eye opening as far as the speed at which AI is progressing and developing as a technology. These “machines” at first seemed clumsy and slow. Now they seem realistic and life like, with a better command of language and a good sense of humor, complete with facial gestures. Now Erica has her own face book account, and channel. Soon, I think humans will have the option as far as doing therapy with AI versus a human being. The military is already experimenting with AI’s for therapy. It is an interesting choice.
The dilemma is research on counseling for the last forty years shows that its not about techniques or theories used by the therapists that determine outcomes of clients,, but the relationship developed with your clients in session that helps them heal. Will AI’s be able to mimic this situation? Will the create new ways to do therapy?
Basically, what makes us fundamentally human is how we connect with each other, and share our experience, with others. These interactions are all part of that human experience, hat helps us heal., and connects us to each other.
We are watching how the AI phenomenon is developing at great speed and with surprisingly little social discourse. You tube clip, stated that one AI received citizenship and that we needed to make space for new entities,, not human, not machine. The android needed its own space and place. Wondering how this will all play out ? Any way thought I would share this clip today about Erica. Still want to talk with a human being?
NWA Marriage and Family Therapy
I am a licensed Counselor and a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist available for individual or relationship therapy., Call for an appointment at 479-225-0055 and leave a voice message. Evening and week end hours are available, serving the North West Arkansas (NWA )area.
“Get your facts first, ….then you can distort them as you please.”- Mark Twain
A great quote from the great social humorist and writer Mark Twain. Using a little humor and not taking yourself too seriously at times can be a very powerful self preservation strategy for your mental health.
People get stuck in their attempts to prove themselves right and their partner wrong when fighting especially in couples situations. This in the end leads to resentments and feelings of being judged, undervalued, disrespected and over all unloved.
How about hanging up the usual factual argument by refusing to engage in the familiar back and forth dance that is so familiar? Learn to manage your own frustration with a little calm humor and pick your battles wisely. Please remember If you are in an emotionally manipulative or abusive relationship most general relationship strategies, may not apply.
I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Individual counselor, let me know if I can help you or your couple change your usual dance.
Call me at your convenience at 479-225-0055 and leave a voice message. Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you.
Don’t wait till weeks before your marriage to plan your premarital counseling. Knowing your partner well before marriage gives you assurances that the commitment and expectations are right for both of you. Couples spend so much time preparing the ceremony and all that surrounds it, that sometimes this important aspect may be lost.
Pre-Marital Counseling benefits are many:
Learning to talk more effectively to each other, fighting in a more fair manner, discussing your expectations and wishes, exploring financial issues, and anything that the couple might be avoiding that is a “hot topic” subject. When one marries another person often times the families have a bigger influence than the couple had previously thought. Also there can be other issues as well.
I offer premarital session for couples that are tailor fit with focus on your needs. I think that it’s good to have a positive experience with a Marriage and Family Therapists, so you
can know that you have the resources to support you in the long run. I see so many couples use coming to couples therapy as a threat to their partner in the middle of a fight. Marriage and Family Therapy can be proactive, healthy and an over all smart move for your couple from the start.
I’m a licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT) offering premarital counseling in the
NWA area as well as in Ft. Smith. Call me direct at 479-225-0055 and leave a voice message if you would like to discuss your own situation.