What is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker?
A Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) is an individual trained in psychotherapy who helps patients deal with a variety of mental health and daily living problems in an effort to improve overall functioning.
LCSWs have a Master’s degree in social work as well as additional clinical training in sociology, growth and development, human behavior and social environments, psychology and research methods. LCSW’s specialize in mental health theory and practice, and are licensed by the State of Illinois.
What does an LCSW actually do? Licensed clinical social workers:
- act as a neutral party who can listen and understand without judgment.
- help you learn about yourself by pointing out patterns and giving honest feedback.
- teach specific techniques and strategies to deal with problems.
- can refer you to additional resources in the community that might be helpful.
- provide a safe place to learn and practice social skills.
- utilize psychotherapy to bring about positive changes.
LCSWs can help with:
- Stress management
- Substance abuse
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline disorder
- Adjustment disorder
- Eating disorders
- Anger management
- Conduct disorders
- Low self-esteem
- Problems related to employment, economic circumstances, social environment, family and/or support group