To become a licensed counselor we spend a lot of time in college. To become an even better counselor we continue to study. Some of this study leads to additional credentials, hence the alphabet soup, that you sometimes see behind a professional’s name. Just like in most other professions, changes are constantly happening and improvements are being made; for this reason State Licensing Boards require us to acquire a certain number of Continuing Education hours (CEs) for license renewal.
Studying for me is enjoyable, an opportunity to further hone my skills, and a way to add tools to my toolbox because Everyone Is Different. A hammer will not fix everything. Not even a hammer and a screwdriver are enough. Throw in a roll of duct tape and we may be able to solve just about anything! Although we as counselors are encouraged to subscribe to a certain theory in practice this, in my opinion, is not beneficial to the individuality of each client.
About My Letters
Christina H. Príncipe, MA, LMHC-QS, LPC, CHP, DCC, NCC
I don’t use all of them when I communicate in writing or marketing, but they are an indication of my accomplishments and means of helping others.
- Master of Arts in Counseling (MA) from Webster University
- Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the State of Florida
- Also, a Qualified Supervisor (QS) for registered interns who are working toward licensure as a Mental Health Counselor or Marriage and Family Therapist
- Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the State of Texas
- Certified Hypnosis Practitioner (CHP) in the State of Florida
- Distance Credentialed Counselor (DCC) which indicates a lot of additional training to effectively conduct telebehavioral counseling via video, e-mail, and/or telephone.
- National Certified Counselor (NCC) which indicates that I have subjected myself to a higher standard of ethical conduct and additional CEs.
What’s not included, training in: Neuro-linguistic Programming, Gottman Method of Couples Therapy (Level 1), Journal Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
Pheww! I’ve been around a while.
So what to do with all this? Serve my clients, lead the up and coming generation of counselors, and share what I’ve learned. Or, as my favorite author once said…
If You Get, Give. If You Learn, Teach. ~ Maya Angelou