I visited the site out of interest, but just cannot find where it says it is illegal to advertise yourself as a psychotherapist? There are definite laws for the licensed professionals, but I had a hard time finding the spiritual advisors and life coach statues and regulations. If you have a second can you give me the direct link. Thanks
The very first section as listed in the table of contents is entitled "Necessity of License."
It says, among other things:
"(b) No person may engage in the practice of marriage and family therapy as defined by Section 4980.02, unless he or she holds a valid license as a marriage and family therapist, or unless he or she is specifically exempted from that requirement, nor may any person advertise himself or herself as performing the services of a marriage, family, child, domestic, or marital consultant, or in any way use these or any similar titles, including the letters “M.F.T.” or “M.F.C.C.,” or other name, word initial, or symbol in connection with or following his or her name to imply that he or she performs these services without a license as provided by this chapter."
A friend of mine just completed the GRUELING process of getting her MFT license in California. I had a hard time believing she would have gone through all that if she didn't HAVE to in order to practice. ;-) (I was able to look up her license on that site, too... kinda nifty!)
The really funny thing about this thread? I turned around and told DH about it, and introduced it like this: "So, you know how your dad isn't *really* a lawyer? Turns out Dr. Phil isn't *really* a therapist in exactly the same way!" (FIL's license was suspended 7 years ago, and he never bothered to pay the fees involved in getting it back. He also never bothered to TELL us about it... my mom found out randomly on the Internet.)