Proposed changes to a state statute that would ban Licensed Professional Counselors from diagnosing patients are creating conflict among mental health professionals.
The rule change, if it passes, would mean that Licensed Professional Counselors, or LPCs, are no longer allowed to practice psychotherapy techniques or diagnose patients.
Heidi Weipert is an LPC in Big Rapids.
“It would be the collapse of my private practice,” she said. “I would be in an ethical dilemma with my clients; it’s in our code of ethics not to abandon clients.”