Glossary of Medical Terms

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Mental health counselors—often social workers or marriage and family therapists—provide counseling services for individuals, couples, families, teens, and children.

Mental health counselors must earn a master's degree in counseling or a closely related mental health field and complete a minimum of 2 years of clinical work after earning their degree.

Most mental health counselors are licensed by the state in which they practice and have passed a state-developed or national licensure or certification exam. 

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