I was ‘diagnosed’ with adjustment disorder with anxiety by a Licensed Councling Practitioner Intern (LPC-I) in 2020. I wanted councling for some relationship issues and given that I was a student pilot with a class III I didn’t really consider the implications (famous last words). The councler needed a diagnosis to charge insurance so he went with something seemingly inconsequential, or so he said. Now at the moment I’m looking to renew and shoot for my first class and weighing my options. I have a few questions accordingly. Is a diagnosis by a non-board certified LPC-I even federally recognized? Is it even a valid diagnosis that needs to be denoted on my 8500-8? As far as I’ve researched you cannot receive disability or early social security benefits based on a diagnosis by an LPC, much less an intern. Oregon has a unique law that allows LPC-Is to make diagnoses for the purpose of insurance billing but I’m not sure this is applicable to anything beyond the realm of insurance. 8500-8 requires all visits to physicians, PAs, nurse practitioners and Licensed Clinical Social Workers - with no note of LPCs. A few things to note about my case: I’ve never taken any psychotropic medications or been hospitalized. My trip to a councilor was just that, councling. I had my ‘diagnosis’ resolved after five months when I had worked to build better conflict resolution skills with my partner and reconnected with my parents. Pretty plain-Jane stuff. That all being said - I have all of the pertinent, required documentation (medical records, letter from councilor, personal statement, detailed councling records, recent evaluation) to have no problem with being issued a medical by the HIMS-AME I’ve already consulted with. I’m worried about running the risk of having my medical revoked in six months at random over a diagnosis that might not have even been needed to be noted in the first place though. I have a CFI job lined up and if I can’t fly because of a medical fudge down the line I’ll surly loose that opportunity and waste money I don’t have getting a myriad of neuropsychological exams done. Any expert opinions or real world experiences? @bbchien or any other AMEs want to share their thoughts? Thanks all!