Professional Designations and Credentials

Full Licensure
LMFT – Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
LPC – Licensed Professional Counselor
LCSW – Licensed Clinical Social Worker
The three credentials above indicate that the therapist has completed all of the State of Georgia requirements to practice therapy and counseling on their own without further direction or supervision.


AMFT – Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (sometimes known as LAMFT)
APC – Associate Professional Counselor (sometimes known as LAPC)
LMSW – Licensed Master Social Worker
The three credentials above indicate that the therapist is approved by the State of Georgia to provide therapy and counseling while practicing under clinical direction and clinical supervision while pursuing full licensure. While a therapist is not required to obtain associate credentialing if she or he is practicing under direction and supervision, it is encouraged.


MAMFT – Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy
MA – Master of Arts
MS – Master of Science
MSFT – Master of Science in Family Therapy
CMHC – Clinical Mental Health Counseling


Other Abbreviations or Designations
AAMFT – American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. It is the professional organization for MFTs
LPCA – Licensed Professional Counselor Associate – It is the professional organization for LPCs
NBCC – The National Board for Certified Counselors – It is the Certifying National Board of Professional Counselors
NCC – National Certified Counselor – It is Board Certification designation provided by NBCC.


If you have any further questions about the credentials or designations that you see on this website, please reach out to Dan Upshaw.