I don't know why each trade talks alphabet. It is like they assume the rest of us just know. For those of you who are new in the adoption world here is a break down of what the different terms and initials mean:
PhD: Mean they have a doctorate degree
Psychologist: Has PhD in Psychology and can diagnose, in Nebraska they supervise all mental health people who are not PhDs.
LCSW: Licensed Clinical Social Worker - In Nebraska they can do mental health counseling as well if licensed
LMHP: Licensed Mental Health Practitioner- Has a masters degree in social work or counseling, has a state license to practice mental health counseling. They sometimes have the name of their degree following. They sometimes shorten those to MS or MC depending on if it is social work or counseling.
PLMHP: Has completed their degree but has a Provisional license while they get in enough hours for their state and pass the state licensing exam.
LIMHP: Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner - Has the same as an LMHP but have the ability to diagnose, therefore can work independently of a psychologist
Counselor- technically the same as a therapist but the term is often used for school counselors or pastoral counseling which depending on the license may not include mental health counseling.
Therapist-In Nebraska is an LMHP. Works with people to work through issues that are interfering with their lives and sense of well being. Maybe a wide range from marital issues to serious mental health issues. Some specialize. This term is interchangeable with psychotherapist.
Psychiatrist- Is an actual medical doctor who prescribes psychiatric medications. Here they generally do very little, if any counseling.
Occupational therapist - help people who have conditions that are mentally, physically, developmentally, or emotionally disabling improve their ability to perform tasks in their daily living and working environments. They also help them develop, recover, or maintain daily living and work skills. This would include Sensory Integration Dysfunction.
Attachment Therapist - LMHP or Psychologist who has received training in attachment & trauma.
I hope that helps! Starting out it was all really confusing to me. Finding the right professional for your family is a lot of work but I feel it is worth it in the long run. Have a healing day!