What do the letters mean?

LMHC is a Washington state license abbreviation for Licensed Mental Health Counselor. This is an independent license, which means by law I can practice without supervision.

Other common designations in Washington are LMFC and LCSW or LICSW. These are all Master's level professionals. In Oregon the designation of LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) is also similar. MFCC is also used in some states.  

The letters behind a name mean that a person has a certain level of education and knowledge. This is important in many ways, but the "fit" between you and a counselor is also very important.

Here's a link on What To Expect from a counselor or other mental health professional.

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