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Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist


The Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist uses counseling and psychotherapy to treat mental, emotional and behavioral disorders and ailments within the context of marital, relational and family systems and to treat marital, relational, and family systems to prevent and ameliorate dysfunctions. The marriage and family therapist assesses and treats nervous and mental disorders, whether affective, cognitive or behavioral, which result in dysfunctional interpersonal family relationships with families, couples, pre-marital and other relationships.

Licensure Requirements:

An applicant must have a graduate degree in marriage and family therapy, 1,500 client contact hours of supervised experience, be of good moral character and pass the national licensing examination.

Recertification Requirements:

Triennial registration requires completion of application and fee set in law.

Age Requirements:

At least 21 years of age.

Education and/or Experience Requirements:

Must have a graduate degree in marriage and family therapy or an allied mental health field with equivalent content, as determined by the Department and 1,500 hours of supervised experience, acceptable to the Department.

Fees: (as of October 3, 2011)

The fee for licensure and first registration is $371.
The fee for a limited permit is $70.

Examination Requirements:

National examination from the Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards.

Examination Description:

Examination is given during four test windows each year at test sites across the U.S. and determines minimal competence for entry to the practice of marriage and family therapy (

Licenses Issued and Active:

In 2012, there were 14 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2013, there were 92 licenses issued for this occupation.
As of April 1, 2014, there were 999 registered licenses for this occupation.

Licensing Authority:

New York State Education Department
Office of the Professions
Division of Professional Licensing Services
Mental Health Practitioners Unit
89 Washington Avenue, 2nd Floor
Albany, New York 12234
Phone: (518) 474-3817 Ext. 592
Fax: (518) 402-2323

Standard Occupational Classification:

21-1013.00 - Marriage and Family Therapists
To learn more about this occupation search the Occupational Information Network (O*Net).

Additional Information:

Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards (AMFTRB)
1843 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80918


Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 7/29/14.

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