Explanation of Therapist Credentials

Explanation of Therapist Credentials

AAC Advanced Addiction Counselor
AAMFT American Association of Marriage & Family Therapists
AAPC Fellow American Association of Pastoral Counselors- Fellow
AASECT American Association of Sex Educators Counselors and Therapists
ABD “All but Dissertation” = Completed Doctoral Coursework but not the degree
ABPP Board Certified Psychologist
ACHT Advanced Certified Hypnotherapist

AMHCA American Mental Health Counselors Association
ARNP Association of Registered Nursing Practitioners
AthR Registered Art Therapist
B.Sc.N. Bachelor of Science in Nursing
BBA Bachelor of Business Administration
BCD Board Certified Diplomat
BCIAC Certified Biofeedback Practitioner
BS Bachelor of Science Degree
BSW Bachelor of Social Work
CAC Certified Addictions Counselor
CACIII Certified Addictions Counselor, Level III
CADC Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor
CBT Cognitive Behavioral Therapist; Certified Bioenergetics Therapist
CCMHC Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor
CFE Certified Fraud Examiner
CGP Certified Group Psychotherapist
CICSW Certified Clinical Social Worker
CIRT Certified Imago Relationship Therapist
CIT Certified Imago Therapist
Clin.Psy. Clinical Psychologist

CST Certified Sex Therapist
CSAT Certified Sex Addiction Counselor
D.Min. Doctor of Ministry
D.Th. Doctor of Theology
DipTchg Diploma in Teaching
DSW Doctor of Social Work
Ed.D. Doctor of Education
Ed.S. Educational Specialist in Counseling Psychology
EMDR Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (Therapy)
EMDR Level II Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing, Level II (Therapy)
IACP Association of Counseling Professionals
LADC Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor
LCDC Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor
LCPC Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
LCSW Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Lic.Psy. Licensed Psychologist
LICDC Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor
LICSW Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
LISAC Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor
LISW-CP Licensed Social Worker-Clinical
LLP Limited Liability Partnership
LMFT Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
LMHC Licensed Mental Health Counselor
LMSW Licensed Master Social Worker
LPC Licensed Professional Counselor
M.D. Doctor of Medicine
M.Div. Master of Divinity
M.Ed. Master of Education
M.Med. Master of Medicine
MA Master of Arts
MBA Master of Business Administration
MBChB Medical Doctor (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery)
MCC Marriage and Child Counselor
MFCC Marriage, Family, & Child Counselor
MFT Marriage & Family Therapist
MGuidCouns Master of Guidance Counseling
MMH Master of Mental Health
MNZAC Member of New Zealand Association of Counsellors
MNZCCP Member of New Zealand Association of Christian Counsellors
MPA Master Public Administration
MPH Master of Public Health
MS Master of Science
MSSW Master of Science in Social Work
MSW Master of Social Work
NCC National Certified Counselor
NCPsyA National Certified Psychoanalyst
O.A.M. Order of Australia Medal
PC Professional Corporation
Ph.D. Doctorate
Psy.D. Doctor of Clinical Psychology
RCC Registered Clinical Counsellor (Canada)
RCSW Registered Social Worker
RN Registered Nurse
RSW Registered Social Worker
Th.D. Doctor of Theology
Th.M. Master of Theology

Explanation of Therapist Credentials – this was designed to help the lay person better understand what all the letters mean behind a person’s name.