Mental Health

Coming Soon: $25 sessions available with a LPC-Intern

An “intern” can mean different things to people especially when seeking counseling. The following information will help to understand what it means in the counseling profession.

The definition of intern is: an advanced student or graduate usually in a professional field (such as medicine or teaching) gaining supervised practical experience (as in a hospital or classroom).

A Licensed Professional Counselor Intern (LPC-Intern) has completed the following education and experience:

  • Graduated with a masters degree in Professional Counseling from an accredited college or university.
  • Obtained 300 hours of experience as a student prior to graduation, supervised by the college or university
  • After graduation, has taken and passed the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE)
  • Has been approved by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors ( LPC-Board)  to hold a temporary license designating them as a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

In order for an LPC-Intern to become fully licensed, they must:

  • Obtain 3000 hours of counseling experience under the supervision of a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPC-S).
  • Attend supervision weekly, 4x per month, with their board approved LPC-Supervisor
  • Are NOT able to practice independently in their own private practice
  • Are NOT able to accept payment for sessions directly from a client

A Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor is:

  • Responsible for all clients that are seen by the LPC-Intern. Although the LPC-S is not in the room during sessions, cases are reviewed weekly to help guide, mentor and assure the highest ethical practices are being met.
  • A Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPC-S) must have at least 5 years’ experience of being fully licensed and receive 40 hours of training to receive a LPC-S designation.

Seeing a LPC-Intern for counseling is the same as if you were seeing a “resident” (doctor) at a hospital. A resident has completed school and are practicing as a doctor performing duties independently but their work is reviewed and signed off by a fully licensed doctor.

Your LPC-Intern is the same as in the example above. They have completed school and are professional therapists gaining experience by working independently but their work is supervised by a fully licensed professional counselor.

Coming soon by August 2019:

Spirit-Mind-Body Connections Counseling, PLLC will soon offer reduced fee counseling to clients in the community by an LPC-Intern. A LPC-Intern is not allowed to take insurance, so their services are paid out of pocket and not reimbursable by your insurance company.

Fee: $25 per session

paid to Spirit-Mind-Body Connections Counseling, PLLC owner Noemi Mendez-Hyams, LPC-S

Sessions available: Fridays at 10, 11 and 12 pm

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