The Art of Reading Georgia Board Rules

Ethics Demystified: The Art of Reading Rules

Part I: Chapter 135-5 “Requirements for Licensure”

A common frustration of regulatory board licensees is reading and understanding the rules that govern their practice license. This confusing process also applies to the Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists rules.

It is critical you know the Rules whether you are obtaining Clinical Supervision or other Ethics Training for LPC workshops, SW or MFT, are a Supervisor or Director, applying for associate license, or have been licensed for many years. Not knowing the rules can result in years of wasted time in pursuit of licensure or disciplinary action taken against even experienced and otherwise-ethical licensees.

Obtaining a healthcare practice license requires much more than completing forms, hanging up a sign that you are in private practice and assuming the board will cut you slack subsequent to a board complaint because you plead ignorance of the rules. It just doesn’t work that way.

**This info is current as of 11/20/20. Visit this page regularly as board rules change.**

I’ll start with how to read the requirements for licensure, but this method applies to reading all sections of the board rules. This will provide you with a foundation for understanding the other rule sections.

Step 1 – Download Chapter 135-5, “Requirements for Licensure”

Locate the rules from the Secretary of State website. At the top navigation bar, hover on “Laws, Policies, Rules”. Select from the dropdown menu, ‘Board Rules’. Click on Chapter 135-5, “Requirements for Licensure”. You will then be required to attest to a copyright notice agreeing you will not use for commercial purposes. The chapter will display.

Copy and paste the entire rule chapter into a MS word document and name the file something like “135-5 requirements_date” where date is today’s date. Save to your computer.

Step 2- Read “Definitions”

Find the chapter headings that correspond to your license–AMFT, LCSW, LPC, APC and so on. Then find the chapter subheadings, “Definitions”. Read them.  You will notice some of the definitions will refer you to another definition. Read those. First, gain a thorough understanding of the definitions.

Step 3- Most Important Licensing Concept

Now that you fully understand the Definitions, remember this important concept: ‘Year of post-masters directed experience under supervision in a work setting acceptable to the board’. Notice in this single sentence are EIGHT Definitions. Directed Experience, Year of Directed Experience Under Supervision, Supervision, Post-Masters, Director, Direction, Supervisor, and Work Settings Acceptable to The Board. Review the Definitions again if necessary.

Read the remainder of Chapter 135-5 in it’s entirety. Now download and store all other chapters of the rules. Especially important is 135-7 “Continuing Ed”, 135-9 “Code of Ethics” and 135-10 “Advertising”. You can also download my free 6-page guide, CE Rules Made Easy.

The following is a case example of an LPC application:

Example: Today is 1/1/18. You are an APC applying for an LPC license. You were a Master’s- Level applicant and completed a 600 hour internship with Supervision provided by a psychiatrist. You began Directed Experience as a staff therapist for Peachford Hospital on 1/1/15 so you have been employed there exactly 3 years. You began Supervision with an off-site Supervisor exactly two months later on 3/1/15. The Supervisor is a Master’s- Level LPC whose license was originally issued on 3/1/12. You changed your Supervisor on 3/1/16. The Supervisor is also an LPC with an original license date of 3/1/14. Have you met all requirements for licensure?

  • You have satisfied One Year of Directed Experience under Supervision through your minimum 300 hour internship provided by an eligible psychiatrist.
  • When you submitted your APC application 1/15/15, it determined that your work at Peachford Hospital was a Work Setting Acceptable to the Board.
  • The time period, 1/1/15 – 3/1/15 is ineligible since you were not under Supervision during that period of Directed Experience. At this point you are two months short of the Master’s Level requirement of 3 Years Post Master’s Directed Experience under Supervision.
  • checkYour first Supervisor is an eligible LPC.
  • Your second Supervisor who was Masters Level was not eligible to provide Supervision until 3/17 since they are a master’s level supervisor and were only licensed 2 years and needed to be licensed 3 years when you began supervision with them. So you are also short an additional One Year of Post Masters Directed Experience under Supervision.
  • The board will most likely deny your application.  A likely outcome will be requiring you to obtain 14 more months of Post Masters Directed Experience under Supervision –2 months of Directed Experience while under Supervision plus 12 months by an eligible Supervisor. You may then reapply. *Every situation is different and there are hypothetical factors and matters of board discretion so do not interpret this as absolute.*

Why did this happen and how could you have avoided it? There were two key Definitions you did not read thoroughly–Direction while not under Supervision is ineligible and the definition of Supervisor.

1) You should have commenced Supervision immediately after beginning your work at Peachford Hospital.

2) You should have known a Supervisor must be licensed for a minimum of 3 years.

Now that you have read and thoroughly understand, “Supervision”, you also know that whereas the psychiatrist is an eligible supervisor you still need two years provided by an LPC. Whereas, that second Supervisor should have known they were not eligible, the consequence is that you will need to work for 14 more months before you are eligible to reapply– a waste of your time simply because you did. Not. Read. The Rules.

I will explain how to read Code of Ethics and Advertising in next week’s post. Bookmark this page as I will post updates as the board changes how it applies these rules.

Most importantly to note is the board is becoming more stringent in acceptable work settings and work activity. A common frustration of regulatory board licensees is reading and understanding the Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists rules. It is critical you know the Rules whether you are obtaining clinical supervision training for LPC , SW or MFT, are a Supervisor or Director, applying for associate license, have been licensed for many years, are working in a high risk specialty.  Not knowing the rules can result in years of wasted time or disciplinary action

Should I Take Medication for Depression

Should I take medication for depression ? These symptoms show medication may help. Crying spells that can happen at anytime. Even when you feel happy. Laying in bed for days. Too low energy to even bathe. Suicidal. Unable to speak with friends or reach out for help. These are signs of serious depression.

Should I take medication for depression

Decisions, decisions…

There are many factors in deciding whether to take medication for your mood. Should i take medication for depression If you are prescribed medication by your doctor, ask what symptoms he hopes it will treat. They may say it will give you more energy, reduce anxiety, or raise your mood. Ask for specific answers. Ask about side effects. Both the most common and less common side effects. Most often, the medication will either help or it won’t–with minimal side effects. In this case, your doctor may change your prescription. Some medications for anxiety and depression are addictive. Many sleep aids are addictive. It is important to know if your medication is addictive. Sometimes this is overlooked by physicians and patients. The most common addictive medications are Alprazolam, Clonazepam, Ambien and Lunesta. If prescribed for short periods– 2 weeks– they are generally safe. Most other medications for mood are not addictive. “Informed Consent” is your doctor or therapist obligation to disclose hazards and benefits of treatment. Only when you are aware of treatment, can you make a decision to comply or refuse it.

Was medication previously helpful?

If you took medication before and it was helpful, that’s a good sign it may help again. Tell your doctor the names of medications that worked for family members.

Medication Versus Counseling/Psychotherapy

There is no short answer but here are guidelines:
1) They often compliment one another.
2) Unless you are severely depressed, try counseling first. The results tend to be longer lasting.
3) For low energy and fatigue, meds are often more helpful.
4) Addictive meds are often prescribed for severe anxiety and panic attacks. Try counseling first. Cognitive therapy usually works well. And can get quick results.
5) Medication changes your mental state. Therapy changes traits. Or changes how you cope with stress.

Read Here for How to Choose a Counselor in Atlanta

Gambling Addiction Therapy

Note: Although some behavioral conditions that do not involve ingestion of substances have similarities to substance-related disorders, only one disorder-Gambling Disorder-has sufficient data to be included in this section. – DSM-V, Non-Substance-Related ctive86.lcohol DrugGambling Alcohol Drug Counseling–addictions of ALL kinds are on the rise. For many years, I have specialized in treating most addictions. Although men are still more likely to die from prescription pain killers, consider this:

1)Nearly 48,000 women died of prescription painkiller* overdoses between 1999 and 2010.
2)Deaths from prescription painkiller overdoses among women have increased more than 400% since 1999, compared to 265% among men.
3)For every woman gambling-alcohol-drug-counselingwho dies a prescription painkiller overdose, 30 go to the emergency department for painkiller misuse or abuse.
4)About 18 women die every day of a prescription painkiller overdose in the US, more than 6,600 deaths in 2010. Prescription painkiller overdoses are an under-recognized and growing problem for women. (Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Gambling is now the only other medically recognized addiction besides alcohol and drug addiction. Consider the following:

1)The rate of suicide for gambling addiction is twice higher than any other addiction. Suicide risk can be difficult to assess. With other addictions, the individual is often under the influence when they become suicidal. In contrast, a gambler may think, ‘If I don’t win back the money with this bet, I’m going to kill myself.’ It is an important element of gambling addiction therapy to assess often for suicide.

2) Giving control of all money to a family member is a standard of care for gambling addiction therapy. This includes credit cards and bank accounts.

3) 50% suffer with alcohol addiction.

4) 75% suffer with a mood disorder.

5) Couples and family therapy is essential when delivering gambling addiction therapy.

6) Medication Evaluation is often indicated.

Since 2002, I have delivered counseling to over 500 individuals seeking help specifically for Gambling Disorder. I have provided general addiction counseling to over 1000 clients and patients in hospital and office settings. If you or a family member need help with gambling alcohol drug counseling, you can make an instant appointment or call me at 404-985-6785.[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column]
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Healthier Intimate Relationships

I employ concepts and approaches aimed to help empower your relationships. To help you focus on only what you can control.: your own behavior. There are many reasons one experiences rocky intimate relationships. Relationships don’t come with an instruction manual.

Having Healthy Relationships

Unhealthy relationships, dysfunctional relationships. Self-defeating relationships, chaotic relationships? These are common struggles and I can assist you. Fear of commitment, significant others who are emotionally unavailable and self-absorbed. Feelings of possessiveness and jealous toward your mate. Always feel like you are left hanging on a string. Constant angst. Waiting for text messages. “Why did he take so long to return my text? What exactly did he mean when he texted, ‘ttyl’?” Constantly feeling unwanted. Feeling rejected.

Why are relationships so difficult and painful?

I employ concepts and approaches aimed to help empower your relationships. To help you focus on only what you can control.: your own behavior. There are many reasons one experiences rocky intimate relationships. Relationships don’t come with an instruction manual. relationship help atlantaBUT, there is a common thread that runs through dysfunctional relationships. They key is for you to identify the origins of your relationship patterns. Only then can you begin to change your relationships.

Why do I have relationship problems? I need advice. I need more than advice!

It is important to identify Triggers that preceed:

1) you pushing someone away
2) you distancing yourself
3) anger and rage episodes
4) becoming suspicious and obsessive
5) feeling abandoned
6) feeling unwanted
7) feeling unlovable

I can help you identify triggers. I have been trained in techniques to help you gain new perspective. The first step is gaining insight on your behavior. I will then provide advice based on your new understanding of yourself.

Why do I continue to attract unaccountable men?

Ponder this: First, it is an expression of helplessness to believe you are a magnet for lousy men. It suggests you are a passive participant in your relationships. Second, we encounter the many of the opposite sex every day. Is it not through chance accident these men have the  same qualities. Empower yourself! I can help you have a deeper understanding of yourself and who YOU are attracted to.

We interrupt this program for Breaking News. If you are still reading this, you are likely a good candidate for improving your relationships!

Parental Abandonment in Childhood

Abandonment is perceived by an adult differently than a child. Children own their abandonment. I was bad. I did something wrong. I was to blame. I did something to not be loved. What did I do to make Mom not want me?

What do children perceive as abandonment?

A parent who:

1) had an alcohol or drug addiction (click here for an excellent book)
2) was incarcerated
3) died
4) left the home
a) started another family
b) many broken promises of visitations, birthdays.
c) broke all contact

A child perceives a parent’s death in the same manner as if they had they left. Or if they were incarcerated. Why didn’t he want me? What did I do wrong? Have you ever told yourself those words in your intimate relationships? If so, you could be acting out those old abandonments.

Bad Experiences or Unpleasant Memories from Childhood

Sometimes we have bad early memories but question whether it was abusive. I can help you determine this.

1) Sexual Abuse
a) Incest
b) Sexual exploitation
c) Being touched in ways that caused you to feel uncomfortable
d) Taken advantage of while you were intoxicated
2) Emotional neglect
a) Parent who was absent emotionally
b) Substance abusing parent
3) Physical Abuse
a) discipline that felt to you the person was in a rage

Why discuss my past?

1) If it is causing unhealthy adult behavior then your past is…your present. If you revisit the past, you give it new meaning. This new meaning paves the way to changing the present.

Be Courageous. You can do it!

I will provide the safe environment for you to confront your pain and fears. Take charge now.  Click here to make an instant appointment.

Holiday Blues?

There is a quote from a famous therapist. “If you think you’ve heard it all before, you aren’t listening.” Each person is unique. Many clients feel lost. It is your role to talk in your sessions and my aim is not to fix you. It is not my role to find you. You seek counseling to find yourself.

Atlanta Depression Counseling with Eric

Thinking of getting a therapist? I work with adults who struggle with anxiety, depression, panic attacks, life trauma, dissociative disorders and gambling addiction.

There are thousands of psychologists, professional counselors, social workers and marriage and family therapists in metro Atlanta eager to help you. Like clients, each professional is unique in their approach to provide counseling for depression.verified by Psychology Today

Depression is a broad term but it often manifests as feeling stressed, irritable, sleepless and even unexplained aches and pains. It is the first word that enters our mind when we think about our emotional pain. Depression may also be the “ball of confusion” we feel when we lose a family member, divorce or are struggling in a difficult relationship. Some of the red flags of depression are panic attacks, crying spells, social withdrawal. There are others. Therapy can be incredibly helpful for reducing or eliminating these effects. In fact, many are amazed with their ability to recover from depression and anxiety once they seek help. Therapy can help with many other forms of mental or psychological distress.

I am a therapist. I am also a part time musician. The skills required for both are surprisingly similar. They are equal parts science, art, and craft. When a therapist fuses these skills, clients feel empowered, that their feelings are real, that someone understands them. As a result, they feel less depressed and anxious. When we understand our feelings and beliefs, we learn what motivates our behavior. When we learn what drives our behavior, we can change it. And also change how we think and feel.

Therapy as Science

The science of therapy is learned in graduate school through coursework and research– textbooks on family therapy, play therapy, group therapy, diagnosis of schizophrenia and other severe mental illnesses. Also, there are many theories and approaches to helping people improve their mental state and change behavior. Some are therapeutically confrontational; assertive approaches to helping you see irrational behavior. Some are atlanta depression counselorshomework based. Some are targeted at specific fears like spider phobia. My therapeutic approach is focused on growth, change, developing healthy relationships, finding peace and happiness. In textbooks, it is known as eclectic or blended therapy. I blend cognitive, interpersonal and experiential therapy.

Therapy as Art

There is a quote from a famous therapist. I don’t recall his name:

“If you think you’ve heard it all before, you aren’t listening.”

Each person is unique. Therefore, I do not perform therapy as a “procedure”. I do not aim to fix you. Since my life is not your life, I don’t tell you what is best for you. You have the ability to make the best choices in your life. My role is to listen and observe carefully and provide a different perspective. Many clients feel lost. As such, it is not my role to find you, but to help you find yourself.

You as an Artist: Making a Sketchbook of Your Life.

With The Art of Experiential Therapy, everything you experience in my office is an opportunity to help you understand yourself, grieve your losses, and allow yourself to feel and heal and grow and change. When you notice something on my desk has been moved a few inches. When I yawn (but that doesn’t happen often-honestly). When YOU yawn. When your eyes tear. When you suddenly change the topic…these are only examples.

Therapy is both scary and exciting, but that is how therapy should work. As they say, ‘nothing ventured, nothing gained’. If you are taking risk and feeling emotion in your sessions with me, you will make progress and feel better.

Therapy as Craft

The seamstress, the carpenter, the brick mason. What do these occupations share in common? They all develop their skills through apprenticeship. As a therapist, you learn special techniques; means and methods and systems. Others teach you. As you collect tools, you place them in your tool box. Some you will use often. Some only occasionally. Nevertheless, all the tools have a purpose. One of these tools are the therapist’s own feelings; their compass. It is when the science moves out of the way and the art/craft moves forward that exciting things happen in therapy. You may come to a session thinking you have nothing to share or discuss. You may leave the same session feeling incredible relief and delight that you had a breakthrough!

“There is no substitute for experience.” – Eric Groh LPC GA Licensed

My Background

Now that you know my science, art and craft for providing therapy, please feel free to book an instant appointment.

Professional Specialties

Professional Ethics Training Specialist

Licensing and Ethics Consultation

LPC Licensing Consultation

As an ethics consultant, prior workshop participants have an open invitation to call me free of charge for assistance with a personal ethical dilemma. Call now 404-985-6785

Ethics need not be anxiety provoking and frightening. Even experienced clinicians are faced with difficult treatment decisions and concerns about ethical conduct. Concerned if we are doing the right thing. I provide ethics consultation to licensed professionals to help them work through ethical dilemmas.

As a former board investigator who made formal judgements on over 200 licensee complaints,  I will teach you to quickly analyze your scenario and arrive at the decision that is best for you. Please contact me by phone. We can discuss if an in office consultation is necessary.

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Get That LPC Application Approved

This post will help you get that lpc application approved – the first time. How do I find a qualified LPC clinical supervisor? How do I know if the board will approve my work setting? How do I know how many hours or years I need to complete? I’m sure our readers would like to know the answers to these questions.

Introduction

LPC Educational Requirements

GA Composite board rules require a graduate degree that is “…primarily counseling in content”. A masters degree in Sociology is not acceptable to the board because it is not primarily counseling in content. A degree in Professional Counseling is acceptable.

Masters in Psychology or Special Education could be eligible. It largely depends on the titles and content of the courses required. It must be a program in applied counseling not experimental or theoretical knowledge. For example, a course “Group Counseling” is acceptable whereas “Cultural Anthropology and Groups” is not. Why? The latter is not applied counseling. For more details read rules “Definitions”, paragraph 8. You also must pass a national exam further explained in “Requirements for Licensure, paragraph 3.  As you read further, you may want to read my The Art of Reading Board Rules. The page will open in a new browser window.

Years of Required Directed Experience Under Clinical Supervision

One year: 600 hours of directed experience and 30 hours of Supervision over a period of minimum 12 and maximum 20 months. 800 hours in 11 months is not acceptable. You can’t reduce or accelerate the calendar year requirement. Must be minimum 12 calendar months. You have up to 20 months to complete that one year. After September 30 2018, these requirements increase: One year is minimum 1000 hours directed experience and 35 hours Supervision. Very important: only months which you are under Direction and Supervision simultaneously will be eligible. You cannot practice if you are not under supervision.

Supervision

A: The rules state that you have until September 30th 2018 to obtain a clinical supervisor under the current requirements–generally, the supervisor must have 3 years post-licensure experience and no additional credential. In other words, any current board eligible supervisor you execute a contract with prior to that date will be acceptable throughout your supervision with them. Hypothetically, if you enter into a supervision agreement on September 30, 2018 you may stay with them as long as you like. However, if you change supervisorson October 1, 2018 that new supervisor will need either the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia Certified Professional Clinical Supervisor (CPCS) or the National Board for Certified Counselors Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) credential.

 

How do I Know if My Job Will be accepted by the Board

A: There are no guarantees your work setting will be accepted by the board. First, try to find a work setting or organization that has a track record with the board. Ask the director if they have had any problems with the board approving their work setting. Most employment or contract work in government settings is acceptable. Private treatment programs that have been historically accepted include Rebecca Beaton’s Anxiety and Stress Management Institute and Peachford Hospital. There are many other private treatment programs which are acceptable. Private psychiatric practices in which you receive either a W2 or 1099 are often acceptable. Smaller private practice organizations can be acceptable to the board. You CAN find that perfect therapy work site.

For any of the sites above, you must document on the duties section of the directed experience form that you are doing psychotherapy. Whether your site is acceptable to the board is very much dependent upon you demonstrating the site has structure, a comprehensive system for monitoring your work and policies/procedures for discipline and intervention with your client work. This is critical.

Can I Work in Practice Practice Psychotherapy as an LPC?

A: It is possible. Remember: In Georgia, LAPC (Licensed Associate Professional Counselor or in some states, ALPC license) and LPC are governed under the same scope of practice. The difference is that as an LAPC, you must be under direction and supervision simultaneously. That is critical.

A private practice setting in which you are working on your own without any structure or intervention, bears no resemblance to employment or you are not receiving training and administrative oversight will likely be denied as an acceptable work setting.

Q: What do you recommend for a work setting?

Where Can I Find The Best LPC Jobs and Work Settings?

A: How to find a counseling job. Your goal should be to find a site that provides clinical mental health experience. Severe mental illness. Addiction. Facilities such as Grady Memorial Hospital Psychiatry in Atlanta, Ridgeview Institute in Smyrna Georgia or a community service board are excellent training grounds. In the absence of this type of training, it may limit your skills. If you must, seek this training post-licensure. This also applies totherapist licensing requirements social workers and marriage and family therapists.

Q. How do I find a qualified supervisor?

A. Interview several. Determine if their approach provides a level structure suited to you. A supervising relationship should consist of authority, mentoring, and someone you want to learn from. Seek a supervisor that wants to help develop you clinically, personally and professionally. One of the greatest challenges of having a job where your supervisor is also your boss is that you cannot be open with them. If you have an offsite independent clinical supervisor, that conflict of interest can be eliminated.

Q.What happens in a supervision session? It seems shrouded in mystery!

A. Supervisors will highlight areas that need improvement. You being a student you will have discussions with your supervisor about your clients, and your supervisor will question you. The supervisor will give you notes and ideas and you should apply these suggestions. It should be an interactive relationship. In addition, you should be open to constructive feedback on personal issues which may be interfering with your counseling and psychotherapy. Your supervisor may inquire about childhood trauma and abuse to determine if these are unresolved and therefore negatively impacting your work. They may require you see a therapist. Generally, your supervisor should be supportive, confident, reliable and consistent.

Q. How do I know if I am cut out for this work? For example, How do I even know if I will be a qualified counselor?

A. You have to decide whether you enjoy counseling people. You will find this work frustrating if you believe clients are not changing quickly. The work will be hazardous if you become involved with a client’s matters that are outside the scope of psychotherapy. This is referred to as boundary issues. Blurred boundaries include trying to find them a job, transacting other business or any advocacy work that is not directly related to treatment. Remember: we are licensed to treat mental disorders through psychotherapy. Also, if you are not comfortable with diversity you may be more content in a different career. If you can separate your personal life from work and view it as a vocation. If you are self aware and don’t have a rigid coping style. If you understand that you can learn from other therapists–even those less experienced. If you understand that a client drives personal change- not you.

Q. Finally, what would you say to graduate level counselors pursuing state licensing on how to have a successful career?

A. Acquire and be eager to learn business skills. Be able to reconcile that even though you are helping someone, you need to seek at least the average income for counselors or social workers. Be open to learning and criticism. Seeing a therapist as a therapist is almost required. You cannot sell a product you do not believe in yourself. Find a specialty. Don’t be a generalist. Seek training in that specialty and obtain a credential. Strive to be the best at that specialty so you can become an expert in it.

If you really want to be a great therapist, cover these 3 bases:

1. Obtain solid training in clinical mental health and addiction.

2. Remember that your practice is a business.

3. Find your own therapist and work very hard. You can only help a client through their emotional struggles if you are actively working on your own struggles.

Eric Groh has worked in the mental field in Georgia or 30 years. For 16 years he has maintained a thriving Atlanta psychotherapy and ethics consultant practice. He processed over 7000 LPC applications and 200 licensee complaints while serving a 7 year governors appointment to the Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists. He specializes in the treatment of dissociative disorders and gambling disorder .

Psychotherapy Practice Development

Psychotherapy practice development is an essential element of our profession. Business Relationships 101: natural human interactions allow for current adversaries to become future allies. Did you know that nearly as many Georgia LPC’s allow their licenses to lapse each year as are issued licenses? Many LPC’s who have worked hard for their license are also in need of the skills to develop and maintain a solo practice.

Psychotherapy Practice Development and “Opportunity Expansion”

Opportunity Expansion is an approach for maximizing achievement in private practice. It is a means for accelerating one’s career. I provide professional training to therapists and business professionals to help them achieve goals they had not thought were possible using the principles of “Opportunity Expansion”. This is a 5 hour Atlanta GA psychotherapist workshop. Who should attend?
1) Those interested in psychotherapy practice development atlantaaccelerating career achievements and therapists in private practice. Did you know that nearly as many LPC’s allow their licenses to lapse each year as are issued licenses? In other words, many LPC’s who have worked hard for their license are also in need of the skills to develop and maintain a solo practice.
2) Some of the principles of Opportunity Expansion include:
a) Never burn bridges.
b) Always have a Plan B. When Plan B must default to Plan A, immediately create another Plan B.
c) Develop a network of close advisors.
d) Natural human interactions allow for enemies to become allies. Be open to it!
3) Don’t be a Generalist. One of the best ways to avoid civil suits is to develop a specialty.
The workshop program covers all of these principles -and more- and teaches you how to immediately execute these principles in your professional pursuits.

If you’re interested in this valuable training, call or message me through my contact page for a calendar of training. For general information on Life Coaching this site has additional information.

Does Counseling Help PTSD

…we often learn of tragedies and this can trigger PTSD. For example, the collapse of the World Trade Center buildings created a trauma that spiraled here through Atlanta GA and throughout the nation with Manhatten as it’s epicenter.

Does Counseling Help PTSD

Does counseling help PTSD and it’s related symptoms? Indeed it does. Counseling is one of the most effective treatments for PTSD. It is one of few mental disorders that can develop even in the absence of genetics or family history. PTSD is Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.

What is PTSD?

1) Experienced a horrific or terrifying event. In the aftermath:
2) Easily Startled.
3) Hypervigilance.
4) Nightmares or flashbacks.

How Do I Know If I Suffer With PTSD

You will only know for sure through assessment by a mental health professional. Many of the symptoms can be part of a different diagnosis. Still, there are ways of determining whether you need to rule out a diagnosis of PTSD.

Examples of Horrific and Terrifying Events

There are three categories of horrific events:

1) Victim of the Event
2) Witnessing the Event
3) Second Hand Knowledge of the Event

Victims are rape survivors, near death experiences such as auto accidents and natural disasters, surviving a terminal illness, surviving child abuse, combat survivors and other. Notice all are first hand experiences. Also impacting are events that are witnessed such as death or assault. Finally, does-counseling-help-ptsd-atlantawe often learn of tragedies and this can trigger PTSD. For example, the collapse of the World Trade Center buildings created a trauma that spiraled here to Atlanta GA and throughout the nation with Manhatten at it’s epicenter. I have treating individuals with PTSD in my Atlanta practice who formerly worked in the WTC towers.

Easily Startled

This symptom occurs more frequently with survivors of assault. Loud noises, being approached from behind- these are common triggers for a startle reaction.

Hypervigilance

Hypervigilance is defined as a state of being overly watchful of one’s surroundings. Sometimes even to the point of exhaustion. Again, hypervigilance is most frequently observed with assault survivors. In the case of automobile accidents, hypervigilance usually only occurs while driving a car.

Nightmares and Flashbacks

Sometimes the traumatic event is relived or can replay like a video in one’s mind. This can be a disorienting experience. Sometimes nightmares of the event can be so vivid the individual awakens needing to orient themselves to their surroundings.

Summary

A diagnosis of PTSD must be made by a professional. The symptoms need to be considered together as they could be related to a different diagnosis such as depression. If you are concerned about anxiety related to PTSD, you may call me to schedule or make an instant appointment through my web scheduler.

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