Licenses, Certifications, and Degrees

Licensed Professional Counselor

In Texas, there are 3 levels of Licensing for  Licensed Professional Counselors.  They are:  Licensed Professional Counselor - Associate,  Licensed Professional Counselor, and Licensed Professional Counselor - Supervisor.

All 3 LPC levels have years of study because they have at least a Master’s degree in counseling or a similar degree in Psychology or Social Work.  Each has passed the  National Counselor Examination and been issued a corresponding license by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors. 

Betsy is a LPC - Associate.  All LPC - Associates work under the supervision of a LPC - Supervisor.  Betsy is supervised by Andrew Gill who is a LPC-Supervisor.  Andrew's web page is .  LPC-Associates meet regularly with their supervisor to review the LPC Associates cases.  

The Licensed Professional Counselor's methods, may include, but are not restricted to, the following:  individual counseling, group counseling, family counseling, marriage and couples counseling to achieve resolution of problems associated with cohabitation and interdependence of adults living as couples; crisis counseling - to address short term counseling interventions for safety and immediate needs, rehabilitation counseling - to achieve adjustment to a disabling condition and to reintegrate the individual into the mainstream of society, career counseling, consultation, and referral.   

LPC’s can use interpersonal, cognitive, cognitive-behavioral, behavioral, play therapy, psycho dynamic, affective, gestalt and other expressive interventions like dance, music, or animal therapy. In order to achieve client abstinence from addictive substances the LPC can also use addiction counseling and 12-step methods. 

LPC’s may use assessments and appraisal instruments for the purpose of determining strength, weakness, mental condition, emotional stability, intellectual ability, interest, skill, aptitude, achievement, emotional fitness, and other personal characteristics for occupational, vocational, and career selection and placement in educational settings, and other characteristics for diagnosing mental health disorders.

The LPC’s goal is to help clients achieve mental, emotional, physical, social, spiritual, moral, educational, career, and other skill sets to recover their mental and spiritual health.

Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor

Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselors can provide chemical dependency counseling services involving the application of the methods, and procedures of the chemical dependency profession.  Their scope of practice includes services to help clients develop an understanding of their chemical dependency problems, define treatment goals, and mutually create a treatment plan by using the following counseling core functions.

Patient Screening  Patient screening takes many factors into account, but they Licensed Chemical Dependency counselor’s job is to determine whether the client’s substance usage meets the criteria for recreational use or abuse.  The LCDC doesn’t only look at the persons substance use but also at their treatment history, physical condition, psychological functioning, age, legal status, income, motivation, gender, support, etc. They look at the client from a Gestalt perspective.

Patient Intake  Once the patient’s screening is completed, patient intake begins. Depending on the treatment program forms are completed. The number and type of forms varies but all programs that charge money for services always verify insurance eligibility, substance use, legal, family, etc., history. During the patient intake there are also many legal documents required, like: consent forms, confidentiality forms, HIPPA forms. 

Patient Orientation  Once the admission process is completed the client will have the goals of the treatment program explained.  The patient is taught the rules of conduct, program goals, program expectations, and the programs disciplinary actions they may be subject to if the rules are broken.  These rules vary between treatment programs.  For example, inpatient rules would not include regulations about leaving the treatment facility or visitation.

Patient Assessment  Assessment is a very important because it determines each patient’s proper treatment. A Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor will assess the clients strengths, weaknesses, and any other problems.  There are so many formal assessments a LCDC can use.  Some of the more popular assessments are:  SBIRT which is a early intervention assessment for those at risk of developing substance abuse disorders.  AUDIT (Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test) screens for hazardous or harmful alcohol consumption.  DAST-10 (Drug Abuse Screen Test) is a 10-item, yes or no self-report instrument.  It was designed to provide clinical screening and treatment evaluation.  During the treatment process there are regular assessments to get a snap shot of the patients progress or lack there of.  Basically there is continuous patient assessment. 

Treatment Planning  This process takes the collected information derived from screening, intake, orientation, and assessment and turns them into treatment goals, treatment objectives, and treatment strategics to meet the patient’s needs. The LCDC ranks the patient’s problems to establish and prioritize treatment goals. Long-term and short-term goals are defined for every patient to take care of their most severe problems first.  Once the treatment goals are identifies, the LCDC works with the patient to identify treatment methods.

Counseling  There are many different treatment venues. For example there are individual, group, and family venues.  There are many different treatment model’s for the counselor to draw from: there is solution focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, behavior therapy, psycho dynamic therapy, narrative therapy, gestalt therapy, the12 Step Model, etc.  In our experience the criminal justice system prefers the use of cognitive behavioral therapy and the 12 Step Model. Just like us counselors in private practice draw from many of the above listed models, but we do counseling from a Christian perspective.  

Case Management  The LCDC uses case management when necessary and it is generally always. The LCDC coordinates patient services. It brings people, services, and agencies together for continuity of services.  The LCDC’s case management function provides continuity of client services in a seamless way.

Crisis Intervention  The most serious patient crisis is the act of completed suicide, closely followed by a suicide attempt. Substance users in treatment often experience recovery and relapse issues. Patient’s with co-occurring psychiatric disorders can experience a myriad of acute crises. The LCDC who is trained in crisis intervention can quickly respond to a client in a crisis. 

Patient Education  An important part of the counselors job is to teach and inform patients about the problems with addiction and the difficulties of recovery.  Psycho education at a drug and alcohol treatment program can include teaching patients about relapse, recovery, the 12 Step Model, withdrawal symptoms, the physiology of addiction, etc.  It’s also good to up date patients on their progress.

Referral  When patient treatment needs can’t be met by either a therapist or a treatment facility a referral must be made. During the referral process it’s important to adhere to applicable local, state, and federal laws as well as regulations.  There are patient considerations when making a referral.  Best practice is to rule out any reasonable accommodations to prevent discharge.

Record Keeping  Progress notes, treatment plans, discharge summaries, reports etc. and other types of records must be kept confidential and stored in a secured area.

Consultation  LCDC’s also communicate with other professionals for patient care. They may review a difficult case with their supervisor, other LCDC’s, or medical staff.  Consultation services can be with in-house or outside resources. The goal of consultation is to provide quality patient care.

Board Certified Professional Christian Counselor

The BCPCC credential is the gold standard for Christian Counselors. It represents a commitment to providing profession counseling in the service of Christ.

Master of Arts Degree in Psychology

Steve's MA  provided him with a solid broad-based graduate education in general psychology. He acquired knowledge and skills in research methods, perception, psychotherapy, psychopathology, psychological testing, social psychology, and more.  Steve's career path led him to being a Licensed Professional Counselor running ministries and private practice.

Master of Arts Degree in Counseling

The degree prepares graduates to work with individuals, couples, families and groups in community, social service, religious and private practice settings. A graduate with a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling will be able to: demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the functional areas of professional counseling; apply critical thinking skills in developing a framework for counseling diverse client populations; and demonstrate an understanding of ethical issues in mental health and related settings.

Master of Business Administration in Strategic Leadership

Steve's MBA in Strategic Leadership focused on competencies for implementing organizational systems, resolving conflict, and managing change.  Degree holders are equipped to fill executive leadership roles in management, consulting, and financial services or assume positions in healthcare, government, and education. The MBA in strategic leadership is a modern managers’ degree designed for future leaders in a changing business landscape, allowing them to be able to make long-term, visionary decisions. 

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