As a group, we are committed to the mental health profession and to the mental health needs of the community. Licensed Professional Counselors are mental health professionals licensed to practice psychotherapy in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Members of NVLPC include a diverse group of Master and Doctoral level educated individuals with varied backgrounds, interests, expertise and areas of practice. LPCs may be employed in areas such as employee assistance, pastoral counseling, rehabilitation counseling, forensics, group psychotherapy, geriatrics, individual counseling, family counseling, substance abuse, career/life planning, couples counseling and work with adolescents and children, among other populations. Both public and private industry are represented in the NVLPC membership.
The mission statement of NVLPC is to meet the professional needs of counselors in Northern Virginia, so that we might more effectively contribute to the mental health and general welfare of our community.
NVLPC Seeks to:
Increase public recognition and the professional identity of the counseling profession
- Promote and provide high quality and affordable continuing education to enhance our professional and ethical competence, for the ultimate benefit of our clients
- Facilitate a networking system for members to develop collegial relationships to share information and ideas
- Increase awareness of and commitment to support or oppose legislation, depending upon its impact on both counseling professionals and our clients
- Provide information about the counseling profession and our services to the interested public
Licensed Professional Counselors are one of seven mental health professionals licensed to practice psychotherapy in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and thus are regulated by the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Department of Health Professions. Each LPC must have a Master or Doctoral Degree in a mental health field, including 60 graduate semester hours in nine core content areas. They must also have two years of supervised clinical work experience totaling 4,000 hours and 200 hours of face-to-face supervision. All LPCs must also have passed a state examination.
Licensed Professional Counselors assess and treat a wide variety of mental health problems ranging from mild to severe, utilizing a broad range of tools and techniques. LPCs deal with anxiety, depression, relationship problems, personality disorders, child/adolescent disorders, stress, esteem issues, addictions, marriage and family issues, and other problems that interfere with normal adjustment and functioning. LPCs practice throughout Virginia in different work settings including private practice, mental health centers, hospitals, churches and businesses. Some LPCs specialize in addiction treatment, psychological assessment and career/life planning.
LPCs evaluate, test, and diagnose clients using a variety of psychological tools and techniques to help individuals and families plan for an appropriate level of care.
Many LPCs work with business and industry, providing brief counseling or by making referrals to employees and their families in an effort to keep production high and families intact.
Some LPCs help clients achieve mental and emotional adjustment during times of illness, accident or disability. Other LPCs facilitate a return to work, assist their clients in finding new professions, or help clients cope with life changes.
LPCs assist individuals in assessing vocational interest, abilities and goals. They also provide counseling for life planning decisions.
Some LPCs specialize in providing stress management training, communication, problem-solving and team-building skills to help employers and employees function efficiently and effectively.
Monthly Speaker Meetings
NVLPC offers monthly speaker meetings from September through June in Springfield and Herndon. The topics are relevant to areas of professional development and current clinical issues. Presenters are recognized regionally and nationally in the mental health field and attendees receive a certificate with Contact Hours.
Special Workshops, Training and Seminars
These offer an opportunity for LPCs to acquire specific knowledge and skill development and may also support them in obtaining the necessary CEUs to maintain licensure. These opportunities also utilize expertise of clinicians in these areas.
Opportunities for Leadership
NVLPC offers the opportunity to serve and give back to the organization and the community with positions available on more than 15 committees. Serving on a committee is an excellent way to network with other LPCs, and to use your gifts and skills in a professional organization dedicated to Northern Virginia LPCs. As a benefit for serving, committee members earn CEUs each year.
NVLPC provides a monthly newsletter to keep members informed about professional opportunities, relevant issues related to licensure, managed care, and legislation on a state and national level. We also utilize the newsletter as a way for member to write articles about their expertise and experiences in counseling. The newsletter helps facilitate development of peer support and mentoring of graduate students and non-licensed therapists who are working toward their license. The bulletin board portion of the newsletter is available free to post positions and office space availability. Paid advertising space is also available.
Our user friendly website facilitates communication and disseminates information to meet the specific needs of NVLPC members and the public. Functionality includes everything that the newsletter provides and membership functions such as real time updating of your membership information and registering for events. There is a Member Directory for searching for members and a Therapist Finder for referrals.
Online Membership Directory
Members can choose to be listed in our online Membership Directory, available to NVLPC members only.
Online Therapist Finder
Members can choose to be listed in our online Therapist Finder on our website. The Therapist Finder can help a member or the public find an appropriate therapist to meet their specific needs.
NVLPC offers various networking and mentoring opportunities for its members, including students, pre-licensure support, and licensed counselors. Opportunities include networking through monthly events and board meetings, as well as utilizing our website’s Membership Directory and Therapist Finder.
Peer Support Groups
NVLPC facilitates peer support through networking groups to mentor new clinicians. There is a specific commitment to reach out to clinicians who serve non-English speaking and handicapped clients.
NVLPC maintains a database of verified supervisors and is searchable through the Supervisor Finder. The database contains those individuals who met all the NVLPC requirements. To find out how be verified and listed in the Supervisor Finder go to How to Become an NVLPC Verified Supervisor.
Note: Some NVLPC members who provide supervision are not in the Supervisor Finder because they have not completed the NVLPC verfication requirements.
Therefore, if you are looking for a supervisor, ask that potential supervisor if they have met the Virginia State Board of Counseling requirements, if their license is current, and if their liability insurance is current.
Resources for Graduate Counseling Students and Faculty
The Student Development Committee provides outreach to local graduate students and faculty.
Our committee members are available to visit your Chi Sigma Iota chapter meeting or your classroom to discuss the journey toward becoming a professional counsel.
Our speakers share their professional development experience from graduation to licensure; they provide resource lists; they explain the committee’s Mentoring Program and offer a question/answer period.
We have regular visits to Marymount University, George Washington University, and Virginia Tech University.
The Student Development Mentoring Subcommittee links students with an NVLPC member.
These relationships provide an opportunity to students to develop a professional friendship that can offer a great deal of support.
Mentors are able to help students think through the processes and decisions related internships, residencies and establishing private practices.
Every mentoring relationship is unique to the dyad, and so the depth and breadth of the knowledge exchanged is unique to each situation.
Our committee has opportunities available for students to become more involved in a volunteer capacity.
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Pre-license Support Group
The Pre-license support group is split into 2 groups, serving the East and West regions of the area. They assist in the process of receiving your LPC License, from graduation through examination. Monthly meetings include guest speakers, working through supervisor issues as well as tips for applying for the exam, preparation for the exam, reviewing study techniques, and offering resources.
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Government Relations and Advocacy
NVLPC disseminates information from state and national organizations. This information is usually time specific to particular legislation or policy issues in the State of Virginia or in the Federal Government. Legislative or Informational Alerts are sent out to encourage involvement or action by professionals on behalf of their clients and our profession. Specific issues of current interest are Medicare inclusion of Masters level clinicians, managed care accountability, and adherence to Fair Business Practices.