Mental Health Counselor Licensure by State- LMHC, LPC, LCPC and more

Mental health counseling licensure is handled at the state level in the US, which is why you will see different terms and acronyms for licensed professional counselors. While the path to licensure is similar in most states--a master's in counseling, extensive supervised clinical experience, passing an examination, application to a state board for licensure, and continuing education to keep the license current--there are variations among the states and always the possibility that licensure requirements will change.

If you are on the path to licensure, or thinking about getting on the path, it's best to familiarize yourself with the licensure requirements for the state where you intend to practice.

The table below includes links to each state's licensing board, where you can find the most accurate and up-to-date information on application requirements, and gives the acronyms for licenses conferred.

We’ve also included the definitions of the various acronyms used, so if you've ever wondered about the difference between LMHC and LPC, or where they are used, here is your answer. Please keep in mind that states may change this information at any time, and while we try to keep the information updated, you should refer to the state boards' own websites for the most up-to-date information.

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State Licensing Boards

State Licenses Granted Board Name
Alabama LPC, ALC Board of Examiners in Counseling
Alaska LPC Board of Professional Counselors
Arizona LPC, LAC Board of Behavioral Health Examiners
Arkansas LPC, LAC Board of Examiners in Counseling and Marriage & Family Therapy
California LPCC Board of Behavioral Sciences
Colorado LPC State Board of Licensed Professional Counselor Examiners
Connecticut LPC Department of Public Health
Delaware LPCMH, LACMH Board of Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Professionals
District of Columbia LPC Board of Professional Counseling
Florida LMHC Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling
Georgia LPC, LAPC Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage & Family Therapists
Guam LPC Guam Board of Allied Health Examiners
Hawaii LMHC Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Professional & Vocational Licensing
Idaho LPC, LCPC Board of Professional Counselors and Marriage & Family Therapists
Illinois LPC, LCPC Professional Counselor Licensing and Disciplinary Board
Indiana LMHC, LMHCA Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board
Iowa LMHC Board of Behavioral Science
Kansas LPC, LCPC Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board
Kentucky LPCC, LPCA Board of Professional Counselors
Louisiana LPC Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners
Maine LPC, LCPC Board of Counseling Professionals Licensure
Maryland LCPC Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists
Massachusetts LMHC Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professions
Michigan LPC Board of Counseling
Minnesota LPC, LPCC Board of Behavioral Health & Therapy
Mississippi LPC Board of Examiners for Licensed Professional Counselors
Missouri LPC, PLPC Committee for Professional Counselors
Montana LCPC Board of Behavioral Health
Nebraska LMHP, LIMHP DHHS Licensure Unit - Mental Health & Social Work Practice
Nevada LCPC Board of Examiners for Marriage and Family Therapists & Clinical Professional Counselors
New Hampshire LCMHC Board of Mental Health Practice
New Jersey LPC, LAC Professional Counselor Examiners Committee
New Mexico LMHC, LPCC Regulation & LIcensing Dept: Counseling and Therapy Practice
New York LMHC Office of the Professions: Mental Health Practitioners
North Carolina LPC, LPCA, LPCS Board of Licensed Professional Counselors
North Dakota LPC, LAPC Board of Counselor Examiners
Ohio LPC, LPCC Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist Board
Oklahoma LPC Board of Behavioral Health Licensure
Oregon LPC Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists
Pennsylvania LPC Board of Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists and Professional Counselors
Puerto Rico LPC Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors
Rhode Island LCMHC Board of Mental Health Counselors and Marriage/Family Therapists
South Carolina LPC Board of Examiners for Licensure of Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists and Psycho-Educational Specialists
South Dakota LPC, LPC-MH Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapist Examiners
Tennessee LPC, LPC-MHSP Board of Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marital and Family Therapists and Licensed Pastoral Therapists
Texas LPC Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors
Utah LCMHC Division of Occupational & Professional Licensing
Vermont LCMHC Allied Mental Health
Virginia LPC Board of Counseling
Washington LMHC, LMHCA Mental Health Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Social Workers Advisory Committee
West Virginia LPC Board of Examiners in Counseling
Wisconsin LPC Marriage and Family Therapy, Professional Counseling and Social Work Examining Board
Wyoming LPC Mental Health Professions Licensing Board Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling

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License Acronym
ALC Associate Licensed Counselor
LAC Licensed Associate Counselor
LACMH Licensed Associate Counselor of Mental Health
LAPC Licensed Associate Professional Counselor
LCMHC Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor
LCPC Licensed Clinical Practice Counselors, or Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
LIMHP Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner
LMHCA Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate
LMHP Licensed Mental Health Practitioner
LPC Licensed Professional Counselor
LPC-MH Licensed Professional Counselor Mental Health
LPC-MHSP Mental Health Services Provider
LPCA Licensed Professinal Counselor Associate
LPCC Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
LPCMH Licensed Professional Counselor of Mental Health
LPCS Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor