After a year of transitioning from Colorado, gathering all of the information, and passing my NCMHCE exam, I have formally been approved with the title Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor.
Independent License Is The Foundation
While I certainly have more areas of counseling I can grow into, becoming a supervisor, getting my chemical dependency credentials, and trainings like EMDR, this one license is important. For those that do not know, you have to be licensed to do counseling in the state of Ohio. The termed professional counselor is a protected term because of the important nature of the work done. Working with people who have anxiety, depression, and other mental health disorders, there is a great responsibility and liability in the field. So they make you take a lot of schooling and pass a lot of tests.
Up to this point here in Ohio, I had been working under a supervisor and I could not do everything an independently licensed counselor could do.
But I thought you were done with all of this in Ohio?
I was. The United States mental health program is still young. Unlike doctors and nurses, reciprocity is not established in the United States. So to go from one state to the next, you have to apply and transfer. Because I did not work five years in Colorado, I had to transfer my license at it’s basics and then later apply for this licensure.
So What’s Next?
Well, first off, I can breath. Everything moving forward is the cherry on top. I do have some professional goals to include getting added to private insurance panels so I can serve clients other than those on Medicaid. I also plan to get my supervision credential so I can supervise other counselors. I also am looking to grow within Appleseed Community Mental Health Center where I work, to help improve the services this agency offers. I have some fun ideas which includes doing therapy with art and cooking. I’m excited about these.
I have more lofty goals of maybe teaching, maybe doing a research project and professional journal article, and doing premarital and marital conferences. But that’s a couple of years down the road. For now, I’m going to practice what my wife has been teaching me our entire marriage, enjoy the moment.