An individual who is qualified to render mental health treatment is a licensed therapist. Therapist must have a graduate degree, and completed clinical hours towards licensure from a licensed board. Active therapist submit to their license board regularly.
Credentials that are licensed to treatment mental health/emotional wounds include, LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) LCAS (Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist), PsyD (Psychologist) LCMH (Licensed Clinical Mental Health Professional), LPC (Licensed Professional Counselors. LMFT (Licensed Marriage Family Therapist
Mental health coaches, are not certified, trained or licensed to work with individuals who have a mental health condition. No matter how much they want to.
Christian Counselors: Can get "certified in six weeks for less." Remember all counseling is not mental health counseling. People that may want to consider getting "certified" are those in Christian professions that have a counseling component to it. (Example, pastors, apostles, prophets, ministers etc) Someone who has a certificate in Christian counseling ONLY is not qualified or properly trained to treatment mental illness.
That does not mean they can't counsel others, it means they are not qualified/trained to treat mental illness.
Other counseling persons that counsel but don't have a mental health background include: Licensed Pastoral Counselors, Licensed Clinical Christian Counselors, etc. Chaplain etc.
I am a therapist who is a Christian. I have been fully licensed as a licensed therapist in the mental health field for over 10 years. I have worked in the mental health field for almost 16 years.
Don't covet the position, just get properly trained. Schools that teach integration include:
Colorado Christian University
Disclaimer I did not graduate from these schools.
There are other schools as well. If you want to do Christian counseling, but don't have a desire to do mental health counseling.
Consider getting a master's degree in Christian Counseling.
Schools include: (This is not a public endorsement rather I am giving you information to make your own decision) Newburgh theological Seminary.
However there are many I am letting you know about one) Master of Arts In Christian Counseling https://www.newburghseminary.com/mast....
They also have a doctoral program. Doctorate In Christian Counseling
NTS is not CACREP accredited.
They are accredited. Accredited by Transworld Accrediting Commission International.
World-Wide Accreditation Commission of Christian Education Institutions
I am not against coaches, Christian counselors, (many of them reference my work).
I am against individuals not actually trained or licensed who think it is okay to change the name, but try to treat individuals with mental health conditions or emotional wounds.
The reasons why people do these things is because they covet the position but don't want to submit to the process of being properly trained. There are spirit-led, deliverance ministers who also are LICENSED mental health therapist.
Samaria's training program for licensed therapist. https://samaria-s-school.thinkific.com/
For someone who may want to know whether or not they are seeing a real therapist. Always ask the professional who you want to see about their license, how they obtained it, what their licensed number is. How long did it take them to obtain it? If they don't let you know the graduate program or the two/three year licensure process you are not seeing a licensed therapist. All mental health therapist licenses are public record.
****I DO NOT SUPPORT THE USE OF NON CLINICAL PROFESSIONALS TREATING INDIVIDUALS WITH MENTAL ILLNESS.****