For Counselors & Therapists

This page is for mental health professionals. Here you'll find various licensing boards, helpful online mental health resources, online counseling programs like BetterHelp and TalkSpace, and free or low-cost CEU opportunities for professional development.

License And Certifications

National Board of Certified Counselors

The National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. and Affiliates (NBCC) is the premier credentialing body for counselors, ensuring that counselors who become board certified have achieved the highest standard of practice through education, examination, supervision, experience, and ethical guidelines.

NC Board of Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors

The mission of the Board under NC GS Article 24 section 90-329 states that it is declared to be the public policy of this State that the activities of persons who render counseling services to the public be regulated to ensure the protection of the public health, safety, and welfare.

NC Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board (NCSAPPB)

The North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board became a duly chartered corporation in August 1984. In 2005, it became mandatory to hold a substance abuse credential in order to practice substance abuse services.

Counselor Licensing Boards by State

Licensed professional counselors (or in some states, “licensed clinical professional counselors” or “licensed mental health counselors”) provide mental health and substance abuse care to millions of Americans

Marriage and Family Therapist Licensure

Marriage and Family Therapists (MFT) are mental health specialists who treat and diagnose a host of disorders related to psychotherapy and mental health. For this reason, MFTs are held to strict licensure requirements, which include at least a master’s level education in the field or a related field as well as a period of supervised clinical practice. Licensure requirements vary by state, though many are similar having modeled their requirements after the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy recommendations.


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Counseling Licensing Procedures By State

Counselors, like psychologists, are very important to a given community because they help diagnose, support, and treat people with serious mental, physical, or emotional issues. Many people with a wide variety of issues rely on their counselors to help them be successful and healthy in their everyday life. States are obviously concerned with the welfare of their citizens, so they take every necessary precaution to make sure that their counselors are well-qualified for the position.


Similar to BetterHelp, TalkSpace also offers psychiatry services as well as traditional online counseling services. They have apps on Google Play and The App Store and are always on the lookout for licensed professionals to join their team. is unique amongst online counseling providers as it focuses solely on CBT. They offer each client a toolbox full of CBT interventions, resources, and worksheets. They hire new counselors as well.

International Certification and Reciprocity Association

IC&RC promotes public protection by setting standards and developing examinations for the credentialing and licensing of prevention, substance use treatment, and recovery professionals.

NAADAC, Association for Addiction Professionals

NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, represents the professional interests of more than 100,000 addiction counselors, educators, and other addiction-focused health care professionals in the United States, Canada, and abroad. NAADAC’s members are addiction counselors, educators, and other addiction-focused health care professionals, who specialize in addiction prevention, treatment, recovery support, and education. An important part of the healthcare continuum, NAADAC members, and its 47 state and international affiliates work to create healthier individuals, families, and communities through prevention, intervention, quality treatment, and recovery support.

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Counselor Resources

American Psychological Association (APA)

The APA’s website is an ideal option for psychologists needing to access publications, scientific findings, or CEs. There’s even a Psychology Help Center designed for consumers, so if you’re ever at a loss of where to direct your clients, this is an innovative place to start.

American Counseling Association (ACA)

The American Counseling Association is the world’s largest organization representing professional counselors in various practice settings.

National Association of Social Workers (NASW) 

Similar to the APA, the NASW website has all the tools social workers need to stay current with their licenses and knowledgeable about their field. Better yet, NASW’s website has an entire page dedicated to advocacy so that social workers can stay up-to-date with legislative alerts and updates.


Pinterest is a goldmine for infographics, therapy worksheets, self-care tips, and articles about mental health problems. Bookmark it and start using it today.

Online Counseling Programs

Offers a collection of helpful resources, from toolboxes for school counselors to salary information by State. was built as a resource to inspire therapists of any background. The site is most notably a learning tool that allows counselors to watch, listen, and learn on a variety of subjects to better their treatment or administrative skills. The articles and interviews are interesting and well-written, and there are even comics to keep you laughing.

Therapist Aid

Therapist Aid is dedicated to helping mental health professionals improve their craft by providing free evidence-based education and therapy tools. Their resources are created with clients in mind, which means avoiding jargon and creating tools that are not only useful in theory, but in practice.

Psychology Tools

Psychology Tools’ mission is twofold: to ensure that therapists worldwide have access to the high-quality evidence-based tools they need to conduct effective therapy, and to be a reliable source of psychological self-help for the public.

Mental Health Scholarships

Mental illnesses are hard to handle, but dealing with them in college is even more stressful. Fortunately, there are scholarships for people with mental illness that can help you reduce the financial stress of higher education.

The Center for Internet Addiction 

Founded by Dr. Kimberly Young in 1995, it provides treatment for Internet addiction using CBT-IA©, Young’s specialized Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Internet addiction and is the first evidenced-based Digital Detox™ recovery program.

The Practice Institute (TPI)

TPI helps mental health professionals build and maintain thriving practices, individualized to fit with your values, experience, and lifestyle. Members of TPI have access to live phone consultation, as well as practice-related tools and resources. TPI founders are four psychologists/consultants with combined skills in individual and group practice development, marketing, technology, clinical expertise, niche practice development, administrative procedures, and other business skills.


The use of psychological assessments can ease clients into the therapeutic process. User-friendly questions that evaluate symptoms, feelings, cognitions, and behaviors can provide individuals with a safe avenue to bring issues to light. Assessments can also track the progress of an intervention, allowing adjustments as needed. ARCH Profile offers a variety of tests to assess issues related to mental health, relationships, and personal development.

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