Consumers in California can easily get confused by the alphabet soup that follows the names of different practitioners. MFT’s (or written LMFT sometimes to add to the confusion) are similar to LCSW’s and LPCC’s with some differences. They are all licensed counselors or therapists, but here’s how the CA Board of Behavioral Sciences (a division of the Department of Consumer Affairs) explains the differences:
MFT’s, LCSW’s, and LPCC’s typically have a Masters degree, and about 3000 hours of supervised experience counseling individuals, couples, and families before they can apply for their license. They also have to pass licensing exams and are regulated through the CA Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS).