Just because a person refers to himself or herself as a "counselor" or "Christian counselor" does not necessarily mean they are properly trained. A counselor should be licensed by the state in which he/she practices. Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs) have specific training in dealing with individual problems, but also have experience and training in marital issues. You may also look for someone who has specific experience in working with couples in crisis.
Our counselors (therapists) at Synergy Counseling Center are Licensed Professional Counselors, educated, trained, and experienced in clinical mental health counseling. They are also Christians and theologians with Doctor of Ministry degrees in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. This makes them uniquely qualified to help with psychological and theological issues when needed.
Even so, our counselors do not impose their theological beliefs, but work with any theological belief the client may have, as well as no belief at all.
You can ask questions that will help you decide if a particular therapist is a good fit for you:
- What type of license do you have? The most common types of licensure include: Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).
- Where is the license held? Which state? The license should be from a state licensing board, not simply from a professional or national counseling association. The counselor’s license should also be from the state where the therapist is currently working, not just from any state.
- Is your degree from an accredited university?
- What other credentials do you hold? Professional memberships?
- Do you have specific experience in working with couples in crisis? What type of problems have you worked with?
- Are you active in your faith?