Credential Descriptions

In addition to providing mental health services to the people of Austin regardless of socioeconomic status, New Life Institute is a training institution, developing the next generation of therapists. As such, our therapists have varying educational backgrounds. Here are the distinctions:

Psychologists- Ph.D., Psy. D


Psychologists have doctoral degrees (Doctor of Philosophy of Clinical Psychology, Doctor of Psychology). They provide talk therapy and can perform psychological testing. Psychologists accept insurance.

Doctoral Psychology Practicum Students


Doctoral Psychology Practicum Students have advanced degrees in Psychology or a related field and are students in pursuit of their Ph.D. or Psy.D from the Fielding Training Clinic and participate in individual and group supervision under Clinical Supervisor/Training Director, Ray Hawkins, Ph.D, ABBP (Clinical Psychology). They provide talk therapy and perform psychological testing. They cannot accept insurance, and testing is a flat per-session fee. The number of sessions varies depending on the assessments administered.

Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs)- M.A., M.S., M.Ed


Licensed Professional Counselors have earned Master's degrees in counseling or a related field and completed thousands of hours of supervised clinical work. They can provide talk therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Prepare/Enrich Relationship Counseling. LPCs are fully-licensed and accept insurance.

Licensed Professional Counselor- Interns (LPC-Interns)- M.A., M.S., M.Ed


Licensed Professional Counselor-Interns have earned Master's degrees in counseling or a related field and are working under a provisional license and a licensed supervisor (LPC-S) toward 3000 hours of supervised clinical work. LPC-Interns have already earned Master's degrees and passed licensure and jurisprudence exams, differentiating them from interns in other fields. Interns cannot accept insurance.

Practicum Students


Practicum Students are in pursuit of Master's degrees in counseling or a related field, and are completing field work in the last year of their education under the guidance of a site supervisor and a faculty supervisor, much like the role of an intern in other fields. Practicum Students cannot accept insurance.

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