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Melissa A. Johnson, LCSW, LCAS, CCS

Melissa A. Johnson, LCSW, LCAS, CCS

Founder/Practice Manager Licensed Clinical Social Worker Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist Certified Clinical Supervisor Certified Forensic Evaluator
Melissa L. Martin, LCSWA

Melissa L. Martin, LCSWA

I believe that where you are in journey makes perfect sense given the context of what you’ve experienced.  I strive to provide an empathetic, warm, encouraging and nonjudgemental space for change and growth. From a humanistic perspective, I integrate several modalities including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), solution focused and narrative therapies and collaborate with each […]
Suzanne B. Marin, LCSW

Suzanne B. Marin, LCSW

When ‘I’ is replaced by ‘We’ even ‘illness’ Becomes ‘Wellness’” –Malcolm X. This is my approach to therapeutic intervention. Healing the body, mind, and spirit will create overall ‘wellness.’ Why is it that we make appointments to take care of our physical health, but we seem to ignore our mental health? Therapy doesn’t have to […]

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What Does It Mean?

Why should I see a licensed therapist? Isn’t that what a psychiatrist is for?

This is a common question many people have. As opposed to psychiatrists who are medical doctors and predominantly trained in diagnosing mental illness and prescribing medications, psychologists and psychotherapists are trained in psychotherapy, which is a person who treats mental health issues by psychological rather than medical (medication) means. It is also common for some people to see a therapist and a psychiatrist at the same time, for talk therapy sessions with their therapist and to be assessed and prescribed mental health medication, if needed, from their psychiatrist.

What do all the letters mean?

In the state of NC there are several licensing boards for therapists:

– LCMHC, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor

– MFT, Marriage and Family Therapist

– LCSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

-LCAS, Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist

There is not much difference between the different licenses, as the training, in general, is focused on the theory and practice of providing psychotherapy to all people– children, adults, couples, and entire families.