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Credential Abbreviations

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The therapists listed in this directory have a wide range of credentials (academic degrees, licenses, certifications, etc.) which appear in the form of abbreviations or acronyms following the therapist's name. The list below presents some of the more common credential abbreviations and their meanings.



Academic Degrees

DDiv Doctor of Divinity
DMin Doctor of Ministry
DNP Doctor of Nursing Practice
DO Doctor of Osteopathy
DrPH Doctor of Public Health
DSW Doctor of Social Work
EdD Doctor of Education
EdM Master of Education
MA Master of Arts
MAHS Master of Arts in Human Services
MAOP Master of Arts in Organizational Psychology
MC Master of Counseling
MD Doctor of Medicine
MDiv Masters in Divinity
MEd Master of Education
MHDL Master of Human Development & Learning
MPH Master of Public Health
MPS Master of Professional Studies
MS Master of Science
MSc Master of Science
MSEd Master of Science in Education
MSN Master of Science in Nursing
MSS Master of Social Science
MSSW Master of Science in Social Work
MSW Master of Social Work
PhD Doctor of Philosophy
PsyaD Doctor of Psychoanalysis
PsyD Doctor of Psychology
ScD Doctor of Science




Licenses and Certifications

ABCFP American Board of Couple and Family Psychology
ABPN American Board of Professional Neuropsychology
ABPP American Board of Professional Psychology
ACSW Academy of Clinical Social Workers
APRN Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
ATR Registered Art Therapist
ATR-BC Registered Art Therapist - Board Certified
BC-DMT Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist
BCD Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work
C.A.T.S.M. Certified in Acute Traumatic Stress Management
C.B.T. Certified in Bereavement Trauma
C.C.C. Certified Crisis Chaplain
C.C.C.R. Certified in Corporate Crisis Response
C.C.I. Certified in Crisis Intervention
C.C.T Certified in Child Trauma
C.D.T. Certified in Disability Trauma
C.D.V. Certified in Domestic Violence
C.E.C.R. Certified in Emergency Crisis Response
C.F.T Certified in Forensic Traumatology
C.I.T. Certified in Illness Trauma
C.M.V.T. Certified in Motor Vehicle Trauma
C.P.M. Certified in Pain Management
C.R.T. Certified in Rape Trauma
C.S.A. Certified in Sexual Abuse
C.S.C.R. Certified in School Crisis Response
C.S.M. Certified in Stress Management
C.U.C.R Certified in University Crisis Response
C.W.T. Certified in War Trauma
CAC Certified Addiction Counselor
CAC-AD Certified Associate Counselor-Alcohol and Drug
CADAC Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor
CADC Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor
CAGS Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study
CAMF Certified Anger Management Facilitator
CAP Certified Addictions Professional
CART Certified Anger Resolution Therapist
CAS Certified Addiction Specialist
CASAC Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor
CBT Certified Bioenergetic Therapist
CCADC Certified Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor
CCDP Certified Chemical Dependency Professional
CCH Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist
CCHT Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist
CCMHC Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor
CCPT Certified Clinical Pastoral Therapist
CCSW Certified Clinical Social Worker
CEAP Certified Employee Assistance Professional
CEDS Certified Eating Disorders Specialist
CFLE Certified Family Life Educator
CGP Certified Group Psychotherapist
CHT Certified Hypnotherapist
CICSW Certified Independent Clinical Social Worker
CISW Certified Independent Social Worker
CMFT Certified Marriage and Family Therapist
CMSW Certified Master Social Worker
CP Certified Psychologist -or- Clinical Psychologist
CpastC Certified Pastoral Counselor
CPC Certified Professional Counselor
CPLC Certified Professional Life Coach
CRADC Certified Reciprocal Alcohol and Drug Counselor
CRC Certified Rehabilitation Counselor
CSAC Certified Substance Abuse Counselor
CSW Certified Social Worker -or- Clinical Social Worker
CSW-C Certified Social Worker - Clinical
DAPA Diplomate, American Psychotherapy Association
DCSW Diplomate in Clinical Social Work
DOT SAP Department of Transportation Substance Abuse Professional
FNP-BC Family Nurse Practitioner- Board Certified
FNP-C Family Nurse Practitioner- Certified
LAC Licensed Associate Counselor
LADAC Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor
LADC Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor
LAMFT Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
LAPC Licensed Associate Professional Counselor
LASAC Licensed Associate Substance Abuse Counselor
LCADC Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor
LCAS Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist
LCAT Licensed Creative Arts Therapist
LCDC Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor
LCDP Licensed Chemical Dependency Professional
LCMFT Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist
LCMHC Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor
LCP Licensed Clinical Psychologist -or- Licensed Counseling Professional
LCPC Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
LCSW Licensed Clinical Social Worker
LCSW-C Licensed Certified Social Worker-Clinical
LGSW Licensed Graduate Social Worker
LICSW Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
LIMFT Licensed Independent Marriage and Family Therapist
LIMHP Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner
LISW Licensed Independent Social Worker
LISW-CP Licensed Independent Social Worker - Clinical Practice
LLP Limited Licensed Psychologist
LMFT Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
LMHC Licensed Mental Health Counselor
LMHP Licensed Mental Health Practitioner
LMSW Licensed Master Social Worker
LMSW-ACP Licensed Master Social Worker - Advanced Clinical Practitioner
LP Licensed Psychoanalyst -or- Licensed Psychologist
LPA Licensed Psychological Associate
LpastC Licensed Pastoral Counselor
LPC Licensed Professional Counselor
LPCC Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
LPCMH Licensed Professional Counselor of Mental Health
LPE Licensed Psychological Examiner
LPP Licensed Pastoral Psychotherapist
LSATP Licensed Substance Abuse Treatment Practitioner
LSCSW Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker
LSP Licensed School Psychologist
LSW Licensed Social Worker
MAC Master Addictions Counselor - also offered by NAADAC
MFCC Marriage, Family and Child Counselor
MFT Marriage and Family Therapist
MT-BC Music Therapist - Board Certified
NBCCH National Board Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist
NBCDCH National Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Hypnotherapy
NCC National Certified Counselor
NCPsyA Nationally Certified Psychoanalyst
NCSC National Certified School Counselor
NCSP Nationally Certified School Psychologist
PA Psychological Associate
PLMHP Provisionally Licensed Mental Health Practitioner
PLPC Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor
PMHNP Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
PMHNP-BC Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified
RAS Registered Addiction Specialist
R-DMT Registered Dance/Movement Therapist
RDT Registered Drama Therapist
REAT Registered Expressive Arts Therapist
RN Registered Nurse
RPT Registered Play Therapist
RPT-S Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor
SAP Substance Abuse Professional
SW Social Worker
TLLP Temporary Limited License Psychologist



Last Update: 6/17/2021


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