Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Mental Health Counselor?
According to New York State law, licensed mental health counselors (LMHC) “provide flexible, recovery-oriented therapy-combining traditional psychotherapy with a practical, problem-solving approach that creates a dynamic and efficient path for change and problem resolution.”
But we also do so much more! We provide services such as:
- Individual Psychotherapy
- Marriage and Family Counseling
- Group Psychotherapy
- Child and Adolescent Therapy
- Integrated Mental Health and Primary Care
We also work with you holistically to address a variety of issues that you may be struggling with, including:
- Depression and Bipolar Disorder
- Anxiety Disorders
- Eating Disorders
- Domestic Violence
- Grief and Loss
- Veterans’ Mental Health Issues
- Trauma and PTSD
- Relationship Issues
- Self-Esteem Issues
- Stress Management
- LGBT Issues
Are LMHCs qualified to work with me?
Yes, very much so! LMHCs hold a master’s or doctorate degree and have over 3,000 hours of post-masters supervised counseling experience. We complete national accreditation and state licensure exams that ensure all Licensed Mental Health Counselors meet uniform, ethical, and professional standards.
What is NYMHCA?
NYMHCA is an acronym for the New York Mental Health Counselors Association, which is the professional organization representing Mental Health Counselors in New York State. NYMHCA is the state branch of the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA). Mental Health Counselors of Greater Rochester (the website you are on right now) is the local branch of NYMHCA for the Greater Rochester Area.
What do all these acronyms stand for?
You may see a lot of acronyms and abbreviations floating around this website. Hopefully this will help:
LMHC – Licensed Mental Health Counselor
LMFT- License Marriage and Family Therapist
LCAT- License Creative Arts Therapist
LP- Licensed Psychoanalyst
MHCGR- Mental Health Counselors of Greater Rochester
NYMHCA- New York Mental Health Counselors Association
CASAC – Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor
MS – Masters of Science (graduate degree)
NCC – National Certified Counselor
Descriptions of the other Mental Health Counselor professions…
- Marriage and family therapy is the assessment and treatment of effective, cognitive or behavioral disorders that disrupt interpersonal family relationships, including marital/couple, parent-child, pre-marital and other relationships.
- Creative arts therapy uses active engagement in the arts to address mental, emotional, developmental, and behavioral disorders.
- Psychoanalysis is the observation, evaluation and interpretation of dynamic unconscious mental processes that contribute to the formation of an individual’s personality and behavior in order to identify and resolve unconscious psychic problems that affect interpersonal relationships and emotional development, to facilitate changes in personality and behavior through the use of verbal and nonverbal cognitive and emotional communication, and to develop adaptive functioning.
What’s the difference between Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Social Workers, and Mental Health Counselors?
LMHCs have many similarities and differences to other professions in our community. All of the professions perform similar functions in terms of performing psychotherapy. Psychiatrists can evaluate and treat mental health disorders and are licensed prescribers of psychiatric medications. Sometimes your primary care doctor can also act as a prescriber for certain mental health issues. Psychologists are doctoral-level practitioners who have a specific focus in evaluation, testing and measurement but who can also offer psychotherapy services. Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWs) are master’s level practitioners with clinical training and experience.
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