There are many types of mental health professionals. A non-exhaustive list includes: social worker, clinical psychologist, school psychologist, mental health counselor, certified alcohol and drug abuse counselor, nurse psychotherapist, pastoral counselor, marital and family therapist, peer specialist, art therapist, music therapist, psychiatrist, child/adolescent psychiatrist, psychiatric or mental health nurse practitioner, rehabilitation counselor. and licensed professional counselor. Depending on the discipline, the professional may have acquired specialty certifications.

A few weeks ago, a Texas Court of Appeals affirmed that the trial court did not abuse its discretion in overruling the defendant’s objection to the state’s expert witness, a licensed professional counselor intern (LPC intern), regarding a sexual abuse matter.