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does a 'deferred' diagnosis of borderline personality disorder and a diagnosis of PTSD chronic, mean that an individual is incompetent to practice as a clinician? i have never had any history of self-harm or suicidal ideations. I have had several stable relationships but do have some issues with abandonment due to neglect in infancy and then early adoption. I sometimes feel that I 'lose track' of time or 'space out' but do not believe that I am actually dissociating. I am in therapy and have completed a masters degree in counseling. Now my records have been subpoenaed because I disclosed this therapy and I feel concerned that this diagnosis will cause the licensing board to deny licensure to me.
I have problems with some interpersonal relationships, mostly with authority figures who are not actually doing their job or giving appropriate supervision. I get along well with people in general and have friends for decades. I am outspoken but reasonable. I have accomplished a lot in life.
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Help4Health replied 6 years ago.
<p>Hello and thanks for choosing Just Answer®. I am a registered nurse and licensed attorney. I will be glad to try and assist you. To provide you with accurate information, could you please clarify this point:</p><p> </p><ol><li>What is the full name of the licensing board in question?</li></ol><p> </p><p>Once I hear back from you, I will be glad to let you know my answer. There may be some delay as I am assisting other customers or am away from my computer. Please rest assured, however, that I will get back to you as soon as possible.</p><p> </p><p>Thanks!</p>
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
the licensing board is the arizona board of behavioral health. they are the body that makes recommendations and approves or denies LAC and LPC licensure. LAC licensure is a licensed associate counselor license. Then the next step is to work within a board approved (usually state) agency for 2000 hours, after which one can apply for the professional licensure. Each state has its own board and the requirements are a bit different with each state. I have already met all of the minimum requirements of achieving the masters degree, have passed all national testing (NCC, nationally credited counselor) and other exams (NCE).
this issue came up and I am not sure of what it is they are looking for... professional conduct or mental health 'clean bill of health.'
I asked this question, in part, to get some feedback from a licensed therapist (counselor or psychologist/psychiatrist). I don't know if this is really a legal issue or a mental health issue. I have been told that 'plenty' of therapists practicing and licensed in the field have diagnoses and other issues (past drug or alcohol abuse, criminal records, etc.) but that as long as one is in treatment and is addressing issues, these things should not mean that licensure would be denied. However, there seems to be a question as to my 'fitness' for practice given the diagnosis of PTSD and 'deferred' axis II diagnosis (borderline personality disorder features or clusters of symptomology).
I hope this is helpful, but do feel I need the opinion of a practicing professional in the field. What do you think?
Expert:  Help4Health replied 6 years ago.

Hello again,


I know this matter is important to you, so in the interest of best serving you I have opted out (without charge). My fellow legal experts can view your question and hopefully a colleague will be able to assist you.


I do hope that things work out for you in this matter.


Take care and thanks again for using JustAnswer®!

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
anyone willing to look at this and give me some feedback??
Expert:  MaryMeadenEsq replied 6 years ago.
Hello Donna -- I believe you are correct in your assessment here -- that you need to speak to someone in your field who will understand your issues as they pertain to professional licensure.

That being said, I am going to transfer your question to the Medical Health / Mental Health Section of Just Answer -- We have plenty of licensed professionals in all fields and speaking with that section regarding your license issues may be your first step.

Please do not reply to this post because the JA system will send this question right back to me if you reply -- and then I will have to make the referral a second time! :))
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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
will someone be getting back to me with some actual feedback on this question? i appreciate this being passed on to someone in the mental health field who can better assess the significance of the diagnosis in determining fitness to practice. i will wait for a reply that gives me some information i can use regarding this issue.
thank you,
Expert:  Nancy replied 6 years ago.
<p>Hi donna jj11,</p><p> </p><p>I am Nancy and have been a practicing psychotherapist for over 20 years.</p><p> </p><p>This is going to be up to the individual Board when they review your licensure application. They will have to go through each of the records, and each of your responses in order to make a determination. What you have already stated is correct though - many people who hold a license have diagnoses of some kind.</p><p> </p><p>Overall, though - and as you well know, nobody should make an Axis II diagnosis when a person is going through a divorce! </p><p> </p><p>But I imagine it's the PTSD symptoms and loss of time thatis of concern. I would just continue to work toward licensure, making sure that you are fully addressing the trauma issues as you go. </p><p> </p><p>Licensing Boards take each case as they come - and on an individual basis; there is no way to predict what their conclusion will be - but do consider having representation if you feel that you cannot provide substantial documentation as to why and how you are fit to practice.</p><p> </p><p>Nancy</p><p> </p><p> </p>

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