What is Therapy Like and Is there a Difference between Medication and Psychotherapy?

What is Therapy like?

Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. In general, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your issue, and report progress (or any new insights gained) from the previous therapy session. Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development. Either way, it is most common to schedule regular sessions with your therapist (usually weekly).

It is important to understand that you will get more results from therapy if you actively participate in the process. The ultimate purpose of therapy is to help you bring what you learn in session back into your life. Therefore, beyond the work you do in therapy sessions, your therapist may suggest some things you can do outside of therapy to support your process – such as reading a pertinent book, journaling on specific topics, noting particular behaviors or taking action on your goals. People seeking psychotherapy are ready to make positive changes in their lives, are open to new perspectives and take responsibility for their lives.

What is the difference between a LPC and an LPC-Intern?

The difference between an LPC Intern and an LPC is three-fold.

1. An LPC Intern is someone who holds a provisional license. This means he/she has met all the educational and competency requirements to be an LPC in the state of Texas, but the state wants this person to accumulate more hours of counseling experience and training.

2. An LPC Intern is in the process of completing 3,000 professional counseling hours. It typically takes LPC Interns two to five years to complete 3,000 hours. An LPC has completed said hours and had them approved by the State LPC Board.

3. An LPC Intern is supervised. LPC Interns are required to be trained and guided by a state-approved LPC Supervisor. I am supervised by Brandelyn Williams, MA, MS, LPC-S, NCC. An LPC is no longer required to have official supervision and is able to lead their own private practice.

Both the LPC and LPC Intern education and state exam requirements are equivalent. .

What about medication vs. psychotherapy?

It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptom, therapy addresses the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness. Working with your medical doctor you can determine what’s best for you, and in some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action.