Each year the American Counseling Association (ACA) leads a public awareness campaign to deepen the understanding of what exactly counselors do.
See the infographic here with 12 basic things to know about professional counselors.
Counselors are licensed differently in each state at this point in time, so you may see different acronyms behind our names outside of Texas. But here we are LPC's (licensed professional counselors) and our education, credentials, and continuing education are regulated by the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Training to provide mental health counseling is similar for counselors, psychologists, and social workers, but counseling has its roots in guidance towards career and educational choices. We therefore emphasize the importance of work and school on overall health. Many counselors today work in schools, and many work in community agencies and private practices.
Kambria Kennedy-Dominguez, Counselor and yoga teacher specializing in mental health, substance abuse and wellness.