Pastors are not counselors – Counselor warns

A licensed counselor and pastor Joseph Lamptey has warned that pastors are not counselors.

According to the counselor one needs to acquire a license before he can be called a counselor not a degree.

“If you go to a counseling school or go to the university to learn about counseling and graduate successfully does not make you a counselor you rather need a license”


Speaking to Daakyehene Ofosu Agyeman on “My Lawyer My Counselor” show on TV – XYZ Mr Lamptey revealed one can only be called a counselor if he or she has been given a license by Ghana Psychology Counsel.

“ The government has created a department called Ghana Psychology Counsel to give license to deserved counselors and it’s only Ghana psychology counsel that can give out  license for you to practice as a Counselor or psychologist”

He further said the law and counsel is after those who just use the counselor tag without license.

“They are not counselors and the law is after them and the counsel is after them” he stressed.

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Who is a Licensed Counselor? 

An Licensed counselor or Licensed professional counselor  provide mental health services that focus on behavioral, emotional and mental issues in various healthcare settings.


Depending on the state, they may be called a licensed clinical professional counselor, licensed mental health counselor or something similar.

As an LPC, you may work with individuals, couples, families and groups to provide counseling for learning disabilities, substance abuse and psychoanalysis. A counselor’s education and training are focused on delivering client-centered therapy.

You may be interested in a specialized counseling degree that focuses on a particular area of counseling practice.

By Afia Owusu/|Ghana



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