Finding The Right Therapist

Finding The Right Therapist

by Christy Graham LPC
Play Therapist Supervisor Acorn Counseling Services

Finding the right therapist doesn’t have to frustrate you!
This information can help you find just the right person for your concerns.

LMFT: Licensed Marriage Family Therapist
These clinicians focus on the client’s family and close relationships. They incorporate people and information from these systems into the treatment, or they meet with the client individually and focus on how relationships affect us. LMFTs can be master’s or doctoral clinicians. Beginning LMFTs are called LMFT Associates.

LPC: Licensed Professional Counselor
These professionals study individual behavior and thoughts, focusing on diagnosing and assisting clients. They also work with couples and families, but their training focuses on individual change. LPCs can be master’s level clinicians or doctoral clinicians. Beginning level clinicians are called LPC Interns. It usually takes years to get all the experience they need to be fully licensed.

How do I choose between a fully licensed professional and a provisionally licensed person?

  1. Cost:
    LMFTs/LPCs typically cost more. Even if they take your insurance, these important relationships take time to build. If your insurance changes, there is no guarantee they will take your next insurance.
  2. Availability:
    LPCs/LMFTs typically have fuller schedules. Beginning clinicians need to see more clients so they can finish their experience requirements.
  3. Supervision:
    Beginning clinicians have an experienced supervisor who reviews and discusses all their cases with them. Find out their supervisor’s specialty, and maybe you can access their expertise by seeing their supervisee.
  4. New practitioners:
    They have all the latest research. They pair the latest research with the experience of their supervisors.

This isn’t a complete list. Other clinicians have other focuses and levels of education. Acorn understands the complexities of care. We know many of the clinicians in our area. If you need help finding a therapist in Denton County, call us! Our clinicians answer the phone and help you find someone who can help you – even if it isn’t us.


940-222-8703 | www.AcornCounseling.Services | 1430 Robinson Rd. Ste. 430 | Corinth, TX 76210

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