10 years of blogging: Emma’s favorite posts

Nicole de Khors / Burst / Used under licenseIt’s unreal to me that Psychotherapy Notes has been around since long before I even decided to pursue therapy. But the fact that I discovered it shortly after I started grad school shows how much of an impact it has made for the field in general, and for prelicensees specifically. Whenever I would Google a question about the path to MFT licensure, Psychotherapy Notes was one of the first links to pop up with an easy breakdown of what I needed to know. Here are some of my favorite posts from the past 10 years.

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Studying for counselor licensing exams

Matthew Henry / Burst / Used under licenseLicensing exams are a major milestone in the development of a professional counselor (specific license titles vary, but LPC, LPCC, and LMHC are common). While there are differences from state to state, most states use one or both of the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Exam and National Counselor Exam, and most states require that the exam be taken at the completion of at least two years of full-time, post-masters experience in supervised practice. As you approach completion of the experience necessary to take counselor licensing exams, how can you best prepare? Here are five things that can help:

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The therapist friend

Burst / Used under licenseTherapists and counselors are a community’s experts in relationships. It only makes sense that our occupation impacts our personal relationships. With our friends, we often aren’t just their friend who happens to be a therapist. We’re their therapist friend.

Being the therapist friend affects how our loved ones respond to us. In most situations, our opinions are respected. In some, we can get written off as arrogant — something that typically doesn’t happen to, say, plumbers who speak confidently about how plumbing works.

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