New York Counseling License

New York Counselor Licensing Requirements

Counselor Licensing Requirements in New York will require that you follow specific steps in order to perform the job effectively. The information provided here on this page is designed to facilitate you in gaining licensure so that you may practice safely and securely as a counselor in New York. We would like to assist you in the process of gaining important information regarding your counselor licensing requirements in New York.

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Our goal is to provide helpful information to you for the licensure process for Counselor in New York. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact the New York State Education Department Office of the Professions Mental Health Practitioners Board by calling 518-474-3817, ext. 570, or freely email one of the staff members on the contact page.

New York Counseling License

New York Counselor Credential Titles

Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)

Limited Permit – Applicants who have met all requirements except experience and/or exam must apply for a 2 year permit to practice under supervision; may be renewed for two years, upon new application and permit fee.

New York Counselor Educational Requirements

Master’s degree or higher in counseling that includes 60* semester hours and completion of specific coursework.

*If counseling degree was completed prior to Jan. 1, 2010, 48 semester hours are required.

Completion of a one year supervised internship or practicum in mental health counseling (600 clock hours).

Completion of coursework or training, approved by the Education Department, in the identification and reporting of child abuse.

New York Counselor Experiential Requirements

3,000 hours of post-master’s supervised experience providing mental health counseling in a setting acceptable to the department.

1,500 of the hours must be direct client contact.

New York Counseling Exams Required

NCMHCE without ESL arrangements

New York Requirements for Clinical Supervisors

Licensed and register in New York State to practice mental health counseling, medicine, as a physician assistant, psychology, licensed clinical social work, or as a register professional nurse or nurse practitioner, pursuant to Articles 163, 131, 131-b, 139, 153, or 154 of Education Law, respectively.

3,000 post graduate supervised experience with no less than 1,500 clock hours of such required experience must consist of direct contact with clients. The remaining experience may consist of other activities that do not involve direct client contact, including but not limited to, record-keeping, case management, research, supervision and professional development.

New York Requirements for Out of State Applicants

If the applicant does not meet all requirements (e.g., passed the NCE rather than NCMHCE) he/she may have to go through standard pathway or be made eligible for the exam and practice under limited permit while attempting the exam.

Regulations state: An applicant seeking endorsement of a license in mental health counseling issued by another state, country territory shall present evidence of:

1.) the applicant shall be at least 21 years of age;

2.) Licensure by another jurisdiction;

3.) Completion of a graduate degree in mental health counseling or a related field that at the time of completion qualified the applicant for licensure as a mental health counselor in the other jurisdiction;

4.) Completion of supervised experience in mental health counseling a psychotherapy that qualified the applicant for initial licensure in the other jurisdiction;

5.) Passage of an examination acceptable to the department for the practice of mental health counseling;

6.) At least five years of experience in mental health counseling satisfactory to the State Board for Mental Health Practitioners, within the 10 years immediately preceding the application for licensure by endorsement in New York;

7.) Completion of coursework in the identification and reporting of suspected child abuse and neglect or the exemption from such coursework, as specified in 6507 (3) of the Education Law;

8.) Good moral character as determined by the department; and

9.) Acceptable licensure and discipline status in each jurisdiction in which the applicant holds a professional license.

New York Scope of Practice

“PRACTICE OF MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING”

The practice of the profession of mental health counseling is defined as:

a. The evaluation, assessment, amelioration, treatment, modification, or adjustment to a disability, problem, or disorder of behavior, character, development, emotion, personality or relationships  y the use of verbal or behavioral methods with individuals, couples, families or groups in private practice, group, or organized settings; and

b. The use of assessment instruments and mental health counseling and psychotherapy to identify, evaluate and treat dysfunctions and disorders for purposes of providing appropriate mental health counseling services.

Counselor Salaries in New York

In the state of New York, counselors love what they do. Each day they go into work they are actively improving the lives of those around them and the state rewards them well for it. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a general counselor in the state of New York brings home an average salary between $35,490 and $72,480 per year.

Now that you are familiar with the counselor licensing requirements in New York, visit our How to Become a Counselor in New York 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 Counselor Licensing Requirements in New York

State Board for Mental Health Practitioners Office of the Professions
State Education Building

2nd Floor
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12234-1000
518-474-3817
http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/mhp/

Application fee: $175
Registration fee: $196
Limited Permit fee: $70

Source: http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/mhp/

Schooling Information for Counselors in New York

  • Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology
Argosy University - Online
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - Criminal Justice Concentration
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - Organizational Psychology Concentration
Argosy University - Online
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
South University, Online
  • Law Enforcement Academy (Police) - Bachelor
Baker College Online
  • Ph.D. in General Psychology: Integrating Technology, Learning, and Psychology
  • Ph.D. in General Psychology: Performance Psychology
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision
  • Bridge (Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision)
Grand Canyon University
  • M.A. in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Grand Canyon University
  • M.S. in Addiction Counseling
  • 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
  • DSW - Social Work
  • 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
  • MSW - Social Work
Capella University
  • M.S. in Human Services
  • B.A. in Psychology
  • B.S. in Human Services
  • B.S. in Human Services / Counseling
  • B.S. in Human Services / Psychology - Health, Education, and Community Services
  • B.A. in Psychology / Human Development, Education and Health
  • B.S. in Human Services / Human Services Management
  • B.A. in Psychology / Organizational Psychology
  • M.S. in Human Services / Clinical Counseling
  • M.S. in Human Services / Drug and Alcohol Counseling
  • M.S. in Human Services / Non-Profit Management
  • M.S. in Human Services / Forensic Mental Health Counseling
Post University Online
  • Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy
  • Master of Arts in Professional Counseling (60 hours)
  • Master of Education – School Counseling (Licensure)
  • Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling – Life Coaching
  • Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling – Crisis Response and Trauma
  • Master of Arts in Religion – Pastoral Counseling
  • Doctor of Ministry – Pastoral Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling - Children, Families, and the Law
  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling - Crisis Response and Trauma
  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling - Addictions and Recovery
  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling - Discipleship and Church Ministry
  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling - Leadership
  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling - Life Coaching
  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling - Marriage and Family
  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling - Military Resilience
  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling - Theology
  • PhD. In Conselor Education and Supervision
  • Applied Psychology: Industrial Organizational Psychology
  • Applied Psychology: Developmental Psychology
Liberty University - Online
  • Master of Social Work
University of Southern California - Online
  • 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
  • Master of Social Work (MSW) - Advanced Clinical Social Practice
  • Master of Social Work (MSW) - Military Social Work
  • Master of Social Work (MSW) - Social Work in Healthcare
  • Master of Social Work (MSW) - Social Work with Children & Families
  • 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
  • MS in Human and Social Services - Community Intervention and Leadership
  • MS in Human and Social Services - Gerontology
  • MS in Human and Social Services - Mental Health Facilitation
  • MS in Human and Social Services - Military Families and Culture
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
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
  • MSPY - Addictions
  • MSPY - General Psychology
  • MSPY - Industrial/Organizational Psychology Specialization
  • Master of Science in Psychology
  • MSHUS- Family and Community Services
  • MSHUS- Organizational and Social Services
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology in Addictions
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology in Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies Leadership
  • Human Service Certificates in Child and Family Services
Kaplan University Online
  • B.S. Human Services
  • Bachelor of Social Work - Pre-Social Work
  • B.S. Psychology of Human Relations
  • Master of Social Work - Advanced Track
  • Master of Social Work - Standard Track
Indiana Wesleyan University - Online
  • Master of Science in Psychology (Non-Clinical)
Saint Leo University - Online
  • BA in Psychology
  • BA in Psychology - Clinical/Counseling
Saint Leo University - Online
  • BS - Human Services
Colorado State University - Global