To: Straight Vermonter
The california counseling certificate, does not convey a psych degree, or the abilty to proscibe psychotropic meds. Lots of school counselors, pastors and substance abuse counsellors, even career counselors have taken the test, paid the fee, and gotten the licence.
She is however, neither a psychiatrist or psychologist. My understanding was she got her license to counsel, AFTER it became an issue that she was NOT technically a "real" doctor offering "counsel" on the radio.
And her ph.d. is in sports physiology, IIRC. She is more precisely, a gym teacher, with a counseling certificate. That is not a psychiatrist, or psychologist... although she does offer a lot of "frazier style" pop psychology on the radio.
I am not surprised with her switch, after the death of her estranged mother, anything is possible.
posted on 08/15/2003 8:29:29 PM PDT
(If we just erect a big, expensive stone monument... everything will be alright!)
My understanding was she got her license to counsel, AFTER it became an issue that she was NOT technically a "real" doctor offering "counsel" on the radio.
Your understanding is wrong. She was in private practice, and for better or for worse, her training is more than adequate based on what the state of California requires. Having said that, she constantly says it's not a therapy show, but one about ethical dillema's. And to be quite honest, a degree in philosophy, theology, or psychiatry does not give you what you need to be truly good at certain things.
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