When you’re tired of struggling with a problem on your own, and you’re ready to reach out to a professional, where do you begin? A personal recommendation is wonderful, but that doesn’t always happen. Many people choose a therapist by searching online, and many begin with directories such as Psychology Today and Good Therapy.
Once you get to the listings in your zip code (93101 for Santa Barbara), you begin to notice all the different letters after the therapists’ names. Do you know what they mean? Don’t feel bad if you don’t. It can be confusing!
I’d like to explain what is after my name: Linda Menesez, MSW, LCSW. Right after Menesez, there is “M.S.W.” This relates to my education, and means that I have graduated with a Master’s Degree in Social Work. After that, there’s “L.C.S.W.,” which means that I am licensed by the state of California, as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
What does a Licensed Clinical Social Worker do? When many people hear the term social worker, they connect that with someone who does case management. Social workers help clients in a wide variety of ways. Case management is only one avenue of assistance.
The way I help clients is by working with them on clinical issues. By clinical, I mean all types of emotional issues, such as anxiety, depression, grief and loss, past trauma, relationship problems, low self-esteem, etc. I hope this post gives you a better understanding of what the letters after my name mean, and how I could help you. If you are looking for a therapist/counselor in Santa Barbara, I would love to talk with you.
From time to time, I will be doing additional posts to clarify some of the other educational degrees and licenses that you might see connected with psychotherapists. If you have specific questions, I would be happy to answer them. Just comment below, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Until next time,