Licensing Boards

Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapist Examiners

Consumer Tips

  1. Before the start of counseling/therapy, ask for proof of state licensure.

  2. Before the start of counseling/therapy, ask if they've ever had a complaint filed against them and how it was resolved.

  3. Before the start of counseling/therapy, ask if they are uncomfortable working in any particular area.

  4. Before the start of counseling/therapy, ask if they have an area of expertise they practice.

  5. Before the start of counseling/therapy, ask if they have supervision by another licensed professional.

  6. Before the start of counseling/therapy, check whether your insurance company will cover the counselor/therapist sessions.

  7. Before the start of counseling/therapy, ask for disclosure of rates.

  8. Professional licensure is regulated by state government which is unlike "certification."

  9. Licensed counselors/therapist must abide by a professional code of ethics.

  10. Issues of concern with a licensed counselor/therapist may be brought to the attention of the licensure board.