Clinical

In the mental health field, clinical refers to professionals who interact with patients in order to arrive at a diagnosis and treatment. Several states offer variations on licensing to differentiate between those who are educated in a field, and those who are trained to interact and counsel with clients. The addition of the term, “clinical,” to a professional title sometimes indicates extensive professional experience as well. The presence or absence of term “clinical” in a mental health professional’s title is not a reliable indicator, however. A Licensed Professional Counselor in one state may have the same meaning as Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in another state.