Licenses: Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and Mental Health Counselor Associate (LMHCA)
Licensure Board:Washington State Department of Health
Questions regarding licensing, renewals and complaints:
LMHC: Application $111; Initial License $80; Renewal $106
LMHCA: Application $35; Renewal $25
[There was no clarity of what among the following was for the LMHC vs LMHCA. Somebody familiar with WA please straighten this out.]
Practical Experience, Amount: either 36 months of full-time counseling or 3,000 hours of postgraduate supervised practice; of which 1,200 hours direct counseling (individuals, couples, groups or families).
Practical Experience, Qualifications: [what kinds of settings does WA allow?]
Supervision: 100 hours [individual vs group?]
Supervision, qualifications: LMHC or equivalent or higher mental health professional. [Please confirm]
Exam: either NCE or NCMHCE [restrictions on when? how long is it good for?]
LMHCA Must document that they are under supervision with a qualified supervisor.