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Licensed Mental Health Counselor


The Licensed Mental Health Counselor uses verbal or behavioral methods with individuals, couples, families or groups to evaluate, assess, ameliorate, treat, modify or adjust to a disability, problem or disorder of behavior, character, development, emotion, personality or relationship. The mental health counselor uses assessment instruments and psychotherapy to identify, evaluate and treat dysfunctions and disorders.

Licensure Requirements:

An applicant must have a graduate degree in mental health counseling, 3,000 hours of post-degree 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 mental health counseling with required content and 600 hours of internship and 3,000 hours of post-degree supervised experience, acceptable to the Department.

Fees: (as of June 13, 2011)

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

Examination Requirements:

Clinical Mental Health Examination (NCMHCE) from the National Board for Certified Counselors.

Examination Description:

Examination is computer-based at test sites across the U.S. and determines minimal competence for entry to the practice of the mental health counseling through the use of simulations (

Licenses Issued and Active:

In 2012, there were 364 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2013, there were 501 licenses issued for this occupation.
As of April 1, 2014, there were 5,496 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:

21-1014.00 - Mental Health Counselors
To learn more about this occupation search the Occupational Information Network (O*Net).

Additional Information:

National Board of Certified Counselors
3 Terrace Way
Greensboro, North Carolina 27403
Phone: 336-547-0607
Fax: 336-547-0017


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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