Psychologists generally have greater scope of practice than therapists or mental health counselors. Psychologists go through 5-7 years of doctoral training on human behaviors, research, psychotherapy, and ethics to receive a Ph.D. or Psy. D. To become a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of Illinois, one also must complete a 2 year post-doctoral training. By the time a clinical psychologist is licensed eligible, they have already complete thousands of supervised clinical hours in order to practice on their own. The length and depth of the training enables psychologists to perform high quality of psychotherapy, counseling, and assessment/testing services.
Therapists or mental health counselors such as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) or a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) requires a Master’s degree and clinical training. They are more limited in the tests they can administer, but they have the knowledge and skills to provide high-quality counseling and therapy.
At Graceway Psychology Group, our psychologists are highly trained to provide psychotherapy, counseling and psychological testing.