A licensed professional counselor (LPC) is a mental health provider who holds a master’s or doctoral degree in counseling and who has met all requirements set forth by the state licensure board to provide quality mental health care.
The second “C” (LPC“C”) denotes advanced clinical experience and knowledge as required by the state licensure board that allows for independent practice (meaning, without the need for supervision).
The “S” (LPCC-“S”) denotes advanced experience and knowledge in clinical supervision as required by the state licensure board that allows for supervision of LPCs and counselors-in-training.
A licensed independent chemical dependency counselor (LICDC) is a chemical dependency professional who holds a master’s degree or higher in a behavioral science and who has met all requirements set forth by the state licensure board to provide quality chemical dependency counseling.
A National Certified Counselor (NCC) shows that national standards have been met for a specialty certification as a certified clinical mental health counselor, including additional education, experience requirements, and a specialty examination.