LMFT- Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
LSW- Licensed Social Worker
Psy.D- Doctor of Psychology (in some cases a "Clinical Psychologist")
LCPC- Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Psychiatrist- A physician of psychiatry (can prescribe medications)
It is always important to know who is providing you service, no matter the profession. Choosing to enter into counseling is a huge step. Be sure your provider is qualified. Illinois and other states have a licensing board for all of the professions listed here and hundreds more. Most importantly, it is your right to inquire and have knowledge of your service provider's professional standing and credentials. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation website is a great way to find out if a particular provider is currently licensed, or if they have ever been disciplined for misconduct.
You can also find professional information, file complaints/grievances, and search for social workers practicing in your area on the website of each state’s chapter of National Association of Social Workers. In Illinois, this website is: NASWIL.org.
A CADC is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. CADCs are also required to have clinically-supervised practice and must pass a state exam. Practice, however, is specifically directed to clients, and/or their families, who are struggling with substance misuse or dependence. We assist in helping clients lower, or eliminate, the use of substances. We also help to identify the roles that family and social environments play in a client’s substance use, and their influence on the recovery process.
My goal is to aid in clients' understanding of the above and to encourage them to discover their own way to mend any damage that substance misuse may have caused in their lives.
A LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. LCSWs are required to have hundreds of hours of clinically-supervised practice and must pass a state exam. We are guided by a professional Code of Ethics and may not practice outside the scope of our clinical competence. LCSWs receive training in social resources, human capabilities, and the part that unconscious motivation plays in determining behavior. This training allows LCSWs to help people achieve more satisfying and productive social interactions.
I believe that every client is unique and brings a variety of needs and insights to counseling. It is my job to help you enhance the things that make you unique and to further discover the course in life that is right for you.
Christopher Raley, LCSW, CADC