Dallas Whole Life Counseling employs both licensed psychologists (LPs) and licensed professional counselors (LPCs). Both are trained to offer specialized counseling in a number of areas for individuals, couples, and families. While both professions are trained to deal with mental health issues, a clinical psychologist pursues a different academic path than a counselor.
Clinical psychologists receive a doctorate degree, which generally requires about six to seven years of education following a four-year bachelor’s undergraduate degree. They are designated as a “doctor,” and are typically trained in research and testing as well as offering therapy. Psychologists study behavior, cognitive and emotional processes, while evaluating, diagnosing, and treating various mental health issues and concerns.
Licensed Professional Counselors (or LPCs) receive a master’s degree, which generally requires three to four years of education following a four-year bachelor’s undergraduate degree. Unlike clinical psychologists, the training for these licensed mental health professionals focuses more specifically on counseling, rather than research and testing. Like psychologists, counselors also provide psychotherapy, as well as diagnose and treat a wide range of issues.
Neither psychologists nor counselors prescribe medication. However, all of our therapists at Dallas Whole Life Counseling are trained to closely coordinate treatment with specialized psychiatrists when appropriate, providing a comprehensive, multi-layered team approach.
The “Whole Life” Approach In most cases, it is less important that you meet specifically with a psychologist versus a counselor. Instead, it’s more essential that you are matched with a therapist specializing in treating your specific issues and circumstances. This is why we offer a “whole life” approach to treatment, offering therapy and coaching customized to the individual needs and wants of our clients.