What do all the letters mean?
LPC - A therapist with this credential is a Licensed Professional Counselor. These therapists have completed all requirements for becoming fully licensed according to the Texas State Board's licensing requirements.
LPC-S - Along with being fully licensed, these therapists have completed additional training to supervise LPC-Associates.
LPC-Associate - These therapists have completed their Master's level work and passed the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification. The Texas State Board requires interns to accumulate 3,000 hours of counseling experience before they can complete their internship requirements. Until that time, they are under weekly supervision of a LPC-S.
CSAT - A therapist with this credential is a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist. They are already licensed and have completed additional training with faculty of the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals. These therapists have received intensive, experiential training for treating sex addiction with 30 hours of supervision under a CSAT supervisor.
ASAT - A therapist with this credential is an Associate Sex Addiction Therapist. They have completed all the training a CSAT has received but do not yet fully meet the requirements for CSAT. A therapist must have five years of clinical counseling experience and be fully licensed to become a CSAT.
CSAT Candidate / ASAT Candidate - A therapist with this credential is a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist Candidate or an Associate Sex Addiction Therapist. They are in the process of their training with faculty of the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals. CSAT training is done in four modules and must be completed within two years. For a therapist to be an ASAT Candidate means that once they complete their training they will then be an ASAT until they reach the CSAT requirements.
CMAT - In addition to CSAT training, these therapists are Certified Multiple Addiction Therapists. These therapists have had additional training in multiple addictions which may include chemical and alcohol dependency, financial disorders, and eating disorders. Contact the therapist directly to see which focus they work with.
CST - A therapist with this credential is a Certified Sex Therapist. They are already licensed and have completed additional training from the American Board of Christian Sex Therapy. These therapists are specialized in treating clients with sexual issues and concerns, and are trained to provide in-depth psychotherapy.
NCC - These therapists are National Certified Counselors who meet certain examination, supervision, and experience, and ethical requirements.