New Mexico Counseling License

New Mexico Counselor Licensing Requirements

New Mexico Counseling License

There are multiple levels of licensing that a counselor can obtain in New Mexico. You may become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) or a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) by completing the proper educational and examination criteria.

Additionally, you can become a Licensed Professional Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LPCC), but only after satisfying the supervised work experience requirements and have passed the additional exam.

The information below gives you a guideline to acquire a counseling license in New Mexico. if at anytime you have inquiries or wish to ensure that you remain on the correct path toward licensure, please contact the New Mexico Counseling and Therapy Practice Board. Their number is (505)-476-4622.

 

New Mexico Counselor Credential Titles

Licensed Professional Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LPCC)

Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) – Individuals who are pursuing the LPCC license but still need to complete the supervised experience requirements.

New Mexico Counselor Educational Requirements

Master’s degree or higher in counseling or a counseling related field with no less than 48 graduate hours from an accredited institution.

Related field degree must meet the clinical core curriculum.

Counseling related field is mental health, community counseling, agency counseling, psychology, clinical psychology, family studies, art therapy, or education.

6 hours in ethics. Supervisors need to take 3 hours in supervision

New Mexico Counselor Experiential Requirements

2 years of postgraduate professional clinical counseling experience, with 3,000 hours of clinical client contact and a minimum of 100 hours of face-to-face supervision.

1,000 hours of clinical client contact may come from the applicant’s internship/practicum.

Supervision must come from an LPCC or licensed MFT, professional art therapist, psychiatrist, clinical psychologist, or independent social worker.

New Mexico Requirements for Clinical Supervisors

Licensed Professional Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LPCC) – Licensed as a professional clinical counselor, marriage and family therapist, art therapist, psychologist, psychiatrist, or independent social worker and must have education and experience in a clinical mental health setting. 3 CEUs in supervision required each licensure renewal period.

New Mexico Exams Required

LPCC, NCE, NCMHCE, LMHC, NCE

New Mexico Scope of Practice

“PRACTICE OF PROFESSIONAL CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING” means the application of mental health, psychotherapeutic and human development principles through a therapeutic relationship to:

a. achieve the mental, emotional, physical, social, moral, educational, spiritual or career-related development and adjustment of the client throughout the client’s life;

b. diagnose, evaluate, prevent and treat mental, emotional or behavioral disorders and associated distresses that interfere with mental health;

c. conduct appraisal, assessments and evaluations to establish treatment goals and objectives; and

d. plan, implement and evaluate treatment plans using counseling treatment interventions and strategies.

License Maintenance

You must complete 40 contact hours of continuing education every two years to maintain your professional license. You will also need to submit documentation when you renew your license.

Salary Outlook for New Mexico Counselors

In the state of New Mexico, those who choose to go into the field of counseling find their career to be satisfying on multiple levels, and part of that has to do with their salary. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average counselor in New Mexico earns between $28,440 and $52,540 per year.

 

Now that you are familiar with the counselor licensing requirements in New Mexico, visit our How to Become a Counselor in New Mexico page for a more detailed look into the steps you will need to take to make your dream of becoming a counselor a reality.

Additional Information about Counseling Requirements in New Mexico

NM Counseling and Therapy Practice Board
2550 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87504-5101
505-476-4610
http://www.rld.state.nm.us/boards/Counseling_and_Therapy_Practice.aspx

Application fee: $75
Board Administrative fee: $25
LPCC License: $220
LPC Renewal fee: $150
LMHC License: $75

References:

New Mexico Administrative Code

Source: http://www.rld.state.nm.us/boards/Counseling_and_Therapy_Practice.aspx

Schooling Information for Counselors in New Mexico

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
South University, Online
  • Ph.D. in General Psychology: Integrating Technology, Learning, and Psychology
  • Ph.D. in General Psychology: Performance Psychology
Grand Canyon University
  • M.S. in Addiction Counseling
  • M.S. in Professional Counseling
  • M.S. in Professional Counseling with an Emphasis in Childhood and Adolescence Disorders
  • M.S. in Professional Counseling with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • M.S. in Professional Counseling with an Emphasis in Trauma
  • M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness
  • M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness with an Emphasis in Community Mental Health Administration
  • M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness with an Emphasis in Family Dynamics
  • M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness with Emphasis in Grief and Bereavement
  • M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness with Emphasis in Prevention
  • Graduate Certificate of Completion in Mental Health and Wellness Emphasis in Community Health Administration
Grand Canyon University
  • M.S. in Psychology: General Psychology
  • M.S. in Psychology with an Emphasis in Human Factors
  • Graduate Certificate of Completion in GeroPsychology
  • Graduate Certificate of Completion in Human Factors Psychology
Grand Canyon University
  • Psychology, PhD
  • Psychology, MS
  • Industrial and Organizational Psychology, PhD
  • Organizational Psychology, MS
  • Counselor Education and Supervision, PhD
Keiser University Graduate School
  • PhD - Addiction Psychology
  • PhD - Advanced Studies in Human Behavior
  • PhD - Counselor Education and Supervision (CACREP-accredited)
  • PhD - Educational Psychology
  • PhD - Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • PhD - Psychology
Capella University
  • BS - Psychology
Capella University
  • MS - Addiction Studies
  • MS - Applied Behavior Analysis
  • MS - Child and Adolescent Development
  • MS - Educational Psychology
  • MS - Evaluation, Research, and Measurement
  • MS - Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • MS - Leadership Coaching Psychology
  • MS - Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy (CACREP-, COAMFTE-accredited)
  • MS - Mental Health Counseling (CACREP-accredited)
  • MS - Psychology
  • MS - School Counseling (CACREP-accredited)
  • MS - Sport Psychology
  • MS - Studies in Human Behavior
  • MS - Applied Research
  • MS - Clinical Counseling
  • MS - Forensic Psychology
  • MS - Sex Therapy
Capella University
  • Ph.D. in Psychology - Clinical Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Psychology - Health Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Psychology - Educational Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Psychology - Forensic Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Psychology - Social Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology- Consulting Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology- Forensic Consulting
  • Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology- General Practice
  • Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology- Leadership Development and Coaching
  • Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology- Organizational Diversity and Social Change
  • Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology- Research and Evaluation
  • PhD in Forensic Psychology - Crisis and Leadership Management
  • PhD in Forensic Psychology - General
  • PhD in Forensic Psychology - Self-Designed
  • PhD in Forensic Psychology - Victimology
  • PhD in Forensic Psychology - Crisis Response
  • PhD in Forensic Psychology - Criminal Justice
  • PhD in Forensic Psychology - Legal Issues in Forensic Psychology
  • PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology - Human Resource Management
  • PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology - International Business
  • PhD in Psychology - Clinical Psychology
  • PhD in Psychology - Developmental Psychology
  • PhD in Psychology - General Research Psychology (Research Option)
  • PhD in Psychology - General Teaching Psychology (Teaching Option)
Walden University
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - General
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Forensic Psychology - General
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Career Counseling
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Military Families & Culture
  • MS in Psychology - Organizational Development
  • MS in Psychology - Crisis Management and Response
  • MS in Psychology - General Psychology
  • MS in Psychology - Health Psychology
  • MS in Psychology - Leadership Development and Coaching
  • MS in Psychology - Psychology, Public Administration and Social Change
  • MS in Psychology - Terrorism and Security
  • MS in Psychology - Psychology of Culture
  • MS in Psychology - Social Psychology
  • MS in Psychology - Applied Psychology
  • MS in Psychology - Educational Psychology
  • MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Addiction Counseling
  • MS in Forensic Psychology - Criminal Justice
  • MS in Forensic Psychology - Cybercrimes
  • MS in Forensic Psychology - Family Violence
  • MS in Forensic Psychology - Legal Issues in Forensic Psychology
  • MS in Forensic Psychology - Military
  • MS in Forensic Psychology - Police Psychology
  • MS in Forensic Psychology - Self-Design
  • MS in Forensic Psychology - Sex Offenders Behavior
  • MS in Forensic Psychology - Terrorism
  • MS in Forensic Psychology - Victimology
Walden University
  • DBA - Industrial/Organization Psychology
  • PhD - Therapy with Military Families
  • PhD - Medical Family Therapy
  • PhD - General Family Therapy
  • PhD - Couple Therapy
  • PhD - Child and Adolescent Therapy
  • PhD - Industrial Organizational Psychology
  • PhD - Health Psychology
  • PhD - General Psychology
  • PhD - Gender Diversity Studies
  • PhD - Mental Health Policy and Practice
  • PhD - Addictions
  • PhD - Gerontology
  • PhD - Trauma and Disaster Relief
  • DMFT - Child and Adolescent Therapy
  • DMFT - Couple Therapy
  • DMFT - General Family Therapy
  • DMFT - Medical Family Therapy
  • DMFT - Mental Health Administration
  • DMFT - Small Business Development and Entrepreneurship
  • DMFT - Therapy with Military Families
Northcentral University
  • MAPsy - Gender Diversity Studies
  • MAPsy - General Psychology
  • Master of Arts - Marriage & Family Therapy
  • MAMFT - Couple Therapy
  • MAMFT - General Family Therapy
  • MAMFT - LGBTQ Couple and Family Therapy
  • MAMFT - Medical Family Therapy
  • MAMFT - Military Family Therapy
  • Master of Science in Forensic Psychology
  • Master of Science in Child and Adolescent Developmental Psychology
  • Master of Science in Health Psychology
  • Master of Science in Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Northcentral University
  • Master of Science in Psychology
Saint Leo University - Online
  • BA in Psychology
  • BA in Psychology - Clinical/Counseling
Saint Leo University - Online
  • BS - Human Services
Colorado State University - Global