Do you envision yourself working as a clinical director within a community agency, working in a group private practice or have a goal of doing your own thing in a solo practice? Great! Each of those goals are awesome but have one thing in common if you live in Tennessee. You need to become licensed as a professional counselor, mental health service provider (LPC-MHSP)!
It is interesting to me how many people finish their graduate program and then ride the fence on becoming licensed. I say it is interesting to me because it is like baking a cake and then never decorating it! It feels a bit unfinished, right? Most people have a vision of their professional goals while in school and find themselves a little lost in the whirlwind of when, where and how to start the process of becoming a licensed therapist.
No need to worry! I sit with clinicians who simply have questions about the process to see if it is something that they want to do, they need to do or if it even fits with their professional goals, time available, etc. Licensure is certainly not for everyone and it doesn't need to be. There are plenty of people doing wonderful work in the field of mental health and community service without being in a fully licensed clinical role. However, one thing that I don't want is for someone who IS interested in becoming fully licesned (by that I mean able to conduct a full scope of practice independently, including the ability to both diagnose and treat) to not start the process out of fear or uncertainty. Especially if you are working in a place that you could be earning hours toward licensure!
If you are ready to kick off the licensure process in 2019 - great! If you want to use this period of time to research and learn more about the process to see if it is right for you and your professional goals - great! I'm happy to set up a complimentary 30 min consult to talk with you about the details and see if it is something you're ready to get off the ground.
Although there are detailed requirements to becoming a LPC-MHSP in Tennessee, the process itself doesn't have to be overwhelming or confusing. Having the right guidance and supervisory support can make all the difference in a calm, productive and exciting experience and well... the opposite. You would be surprised how quickly the licensure process goes by and, before you know it, you are fully licensed to diagnose and treat... giving you opportunities for clinical leadership in agency work or allowing you to work independently in a private practice setting.
If you have any questions, interested to schedule a 30 min consult or have already decided that you're ready to kick of your licensure process give me a call or reach out through the contact page. I'm happy to answer questions and help you get this thing started!
Have a wonderful new year!