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

Federal regulations require William James College to disclose whether its programs meet the educational requirements for professional licensure in every state and U.S. territory. All William James College professional licensure programs meet the educational requirements for licensing in Massachusetts.

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling MA program meets the requirements for licensure in the states indicated below. We have also identified states that do not meet licensure and those that we have not determined yet.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Ana Bueso, Department Coordinator, Counseling and Behavioral Health Department, at Ana_Bueso@williamjames.edu, who will direct you to the appropriate person to answer your question.

For your reference, below are links to the professional licensing agency in all states.

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.


For more information on becoming a licensed mental health counselor, visit:


State Licensing Boards

State Licenses Granted Board Name Meets Licensure Requirements Does Not Meet Licensure Requirements Undetermined
Alabama LPC, ALC Board of Examiners in Counseling     X
Alaska LPC Board of Professional Counselors     X
Arizona LPC, LAC Board of Behavioral Health Examiners     X
Arkansas LPC, LAC Board of Examiners in Counseling and Marriage & Family Therapy     X
California LPCC Board of Behavioral Sciences
Has to take psychopharmacology and human sexuality courses (can be taken after degree is granted)
X    
Colorado LPC State Board of Licensed Professional Counselor Examiners     X
Connecticut LPC Department of Public Health
If practicum and internship faculty supervisor is counselor
  X  
Delaware LPCMH, LACMH Board of Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Professionals     X
District of Columbia LPC Board of Professional Counseling      
Florida LMHC Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling
Has to take a course in human sexuality (can be taken after degree is granted)
X    
Georgia LPC, LAPC Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage & Family Therapists     X
Guam LPC Guam Board of Allied Health Examiners      
Hawaii LMHC Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Professional & Vocational Licensing     X
Idaho LPC, LCPC Board of Professional Counselors and Marriage & Family Therapists     X
Illinois LPC, LCPC Professional Counselor Licensing and Disciplinary Board     X
Indiana LMHC, LMHCA Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board     X
Iowa LMHC Board of Behavioral Science     X
Kansas LPC, LCPC Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board     X
Kentucky LPCC, LPCA Board of Professional Counselors     X
Louisiana LPC Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners     X
Maine LPC, LCPC Board of Counseling Professionals Licensure   X  
Maryland LCPC Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists   X  
Massachusetts LMHC Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professions X    
Michigan LPC Board of Counseling     X
Minnesota LPC, LPCC Board of Behavioral Health & Therapy     X
Mississippi LPC Board of Examiners for Licensed Professional Counselors     X
Missouri LPC, PLPC Committee for Professional Counselors     X
Montana LCPC Board of Behavioral Health     X
Nebraska LMHP, LIMHP DHHS Licensure Unit - Mental Health & Social Work Practice     X
Nevada LCPC Board of Examiners for Marriage and Family Therapists & Clinical Professional Counselors     X
New Hampshire LCMHC Board of Mental Health Practice   X  
New Jersey LPC, LAC Professional Counselor Examiners Committee X    
New Mexico LMHC, LPCC Regulation & LIcensing Dept: Counseling and Therapy Practice     X
New York LMHC Office of the Professions: Mental Health Practitioners X    
North Carolina LPC, LPCA, LPCS Board of Licensed Professional Counselors     X
North Dakota LPC, LAPC Board of Counselor Examiners     X
Ohio LPC, LPCC Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist Board     X
Oklahoma LPC Board of Behavioral Health Licensure     X
Oregon LPC Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists     X
Pennsylvania LPC Board of Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists and Professional Counselors X    
Puerto Rico LPC Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors      
Rhode Island LCMHC Board of Mental Health Counselors and Marriage/Family Therapists
If internship is 12 months at 20 hours per week.
  X  
South Carolina LPC Board of Examiners for Licensure of Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists and Psycho-Educational Specialists     X
South Dakota LPC, LPC-MH Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapist Examiners     X
Tennessee LPC, LPC-MHSP Board of Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marital and Family Therapists and Licensed Pastoral Therapists     X
Texas LPC Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors     X
Utah LCMHC Division of Occupational & Professional Licensing     X
Vermont LCMHC Allied Mental Health X    
Virginia LPC Board of Counseling     X
Washington LMHC, LMHCA Mental Health Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Social Workers Advisory Committee     X
West Virginia LPC Board of Examiners in Counseling     X
Wisconsin LPC Marriage and Family Therapy, Professional Counseling and Social Work Examining Board     X
Wyoming LPC Mental Health Professions Licensing Board Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling     X

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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