Therapist Credentials Explained

APRN - stands for Advanced Practice Registered Nurse and defines a level of nursing practice that utilizes extended and expanded skills, experience and knowledge in assessment, planning, implementation, diagnosis and evaluation of the care required

A.T.R. - Art Therapist

CCDC, NCAC, or MAC - all refer to Certified Chemical Dependency Counselors; MAC is a Master Addiction Counselor

CNS - stands for Clinical Nurse Specialists who are Advanced Practice nurses who hold a master’s or doctoral degree in a specialized area of nursing practice. A CNS’ scope of practice includes diagnosing and treating diseases, injuries and/or disabilities within his/her field of expertise

CEDS - Certified Eating Disorder Specialist from the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals

LCSW - designates Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LICSW - designates Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

LMHC - stands for Licensed Mental Health Counselor

LMFT and MFT
- stand for Marriage and Family Therapist; LMFT indicates licensure

LPC - stand for Licensed Professional Counselor

MA - refers to a Master's degree in Counseling or Psychology

MD (Psychiatrist)
- is a medical doctor specializing in mental health care. Psychiatrists can prescribe medication and some offer psychotherapy

PhD and PsyD
- designate doctorate degrees in clinical or counseling psychology

RD - Registered dietitian