LPC = Licensed Professional Counselor. This is my primary credential which qualifies me to provide counseling/psychotherapy services in Georgia. In a nutshell, it means that I have completed the educational requirements (a Masters degree in Professional Counseling) from an accredited university, have worked for 3 years (varies by state) under general supervision, and have completed an Internship (directed experience), documented the required amount of direct clinical supervision, and acquired the necessary Continuing Education training. For more info, you might like to visit the website of the Georgia Composite Board, which issues state licenses, at www.sos.state.ga.us./plb/counselors.
EMDR = Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. This is a model of psychotherapy which enables the client to reprocess, or “reprogram” in a sense, the way disturbing events were stored in the brain to move the memory and experience of it to an adaptive resolution. It follows a structured and safe protocol whereby memories manifested by thoughts, emotions and behaviors which become “stuck” can be unclogged and worked through, enabling the client to put held fears, anxieties and emotional boundaries behind them once and for all. EMDR is quickly proving effective with grief, chronic pain, anxiety disorders including Panic, OCD, specific phobias, depression, low self esteem, terminal illness, insomnia, performance anxiety, athletes, and highly stressed executives.
PTSD = Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. This disorder can occur in people who have had a traumatic event in their life which their brain has not been able to fully process and resolve. And usually, when the disorder kicks in after a traumatic event, there was an earlier life trauma, which the person may or may not be aware of, which has some connection in the brain to the later event. As a result of this "switch being flipped" in the brain, certain symptoms (thoughts, emotions & behaviors) can interfere with healthy life functioning. Symptoms can include flashbacks, nightmares, exaggerated startle response and/or anger and hostility, difficulties in relationships, and anxiety or panic.
C-PTSD = Complex PTSD. Same as above, but more extensive traumas over time, and more damaging to the individual sociologically, emotionally, functionally. And there can be more secondary mental health problems, whether or not identified or diagnosed, which stem from the PTSD, such as panic disorder, agoraphobia, OCD, personality disorders, severe and persistent depression, and eating disorder.
OCD = Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Mild forms of this disorder are quite common and do not necessarily impede functioning. However, at a clinical level, OCD can involve obsessions, compulsions, or a combination of both. Obsessions are repetitive unwanted thoughts which stem from anxiety, and compulsions are the repetitive behaviors which those thoughts can produce. Common compulsions involve checking, washing, and counting rituals. The popular television show Monk is about a man with OCD.
SRA = Satanic Ritual Abuse. The name says it all. These crimes can be committed by lone individuals, but usually there are others involved, sometimes cults or organized crime rings. A controversial subject, there are some who don't believe this exists. But by and large, people don't make this stuff up. Even though sometimes memories can be distorted, sadly, it's been proven that there do indeed exist such atrocities and the sick people who commit them.
CBT = Cognitive Behavior Therapy. CBT is a goal-oriented, structured and directive form of therapy. It emphasizes the role of thinking in how we feel and what we do. CBT is based on the idea that our thoughts cause our feelings and behaviors (not external things like people, situations and events). The benefit is that we can change the way we think in order to feel and act better. Clients change because they learn how to think differently and then act on that learning. Therefore, CBT therapists focus on teaching rational self-counseling skills and encourage clients to practice skills learned outside of therapy for lasting change. Approaches to CBT include Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, Rational Behavior Therapy and Cognitive Therapy.
GLBTQQI = Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Queer and Intersex. The acronym continues evolving over time to include more marginalized folx in the areas of gender and sexuality. Power in numbers.
DID = Dissociative Identity Disorder.