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Mental Health Counseling: Education and Careers

Becoming a mental health counselor represents a big step in your career journey, and there has never been a better time to take the leap. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects jobs in the mental health field will grow by 22% between 2018-2028, resulting in an additional 68,500 new jobs. Reasons for growth include an increase in insurance coverage for these services and a desire by the public to address mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.

To work as a mental health counselor, you’ll need a master’s degree. If you want to become a psychologist, you need a doctoral degree. This guide covers everything you need to know about mental health counseling, however you can check out our accompanying page on psychology and counseling pathways for additional information about becoming a psychologist.

In the meantime, read on to learn about the typical job responsibilities, areas of specialization, average salaries, common degree programs, and licensure requirements for mental health counselors.

What is a Mental Health Counselor?

Mental health counselors are trained professionals who assist individuals, couples, families, and groups in addressing conditions and struggles such as anxiety, depression, conflict, grief, or life transitions. Counselors may work with a wide spectrum of clients or focus on a particular population, such as children or those dealing with eating disorders.

Many mental health counselors work in inpatient or outpatient treatment facilities that address issues such as substance abuse, depression, or rehabilitation. They frequently work as part of a team with other mental and physical health professionals to provide holistic care that helps patients work towards a healthier version of themselves. Other common places of employment include community clinics, schools and colleges, and nonprofit mental health organizations. Those with an entrepreneurial drive may create their own practice.

Regardless of where they work, mental health counselors typically share similar traits and skills. Working with clients as they process difficult situations requires a high level of emotional intelligence, empathy, and active listening skills. Balancing a busy calendar of appointments requires organization, while staying up-to-date on new studies and best practices in mental health care requires a commitment to lifelong learning.

Counseling Specialties

There are several areas of specialty for mental health counselors. The most common are listed below, along with a brief description. You might choose to focus on one of these or work with patients struggling with more general mental health conditions like anxiety, depression, disordered eating, and borderline personality disorder.

Career Counseling
As one of the larger specializations, career counselors focus on helping people of all ages, abilities, skill sets, interests, and educational levels create a plan that helps them take control of their professional lives. Career counselors use talk therapy, aptitude tests, and skill quizzes to help their clients.

Rehabilitation Counseling
Working as a rehabilitation counselor gives you the opportunity to help clients with varied emotional, developmental, and intellectual disabilities create plans for living full and independent lives. As a relatively new specialty area, you can help shape this field in the years to come.

Substance Abuse Counseling
Substance abuse counselors play a critical role in the lives of individuals facing issues of addiction or dependence on alcohol and/or drugs. Collaborating with medical professionals, substance abuse counselors help patients address the impact of their addiction and create a plan for recovery.

Family Therapy
Family therapists work with partners, spouses, children, and other relatives to address issues that arise in these types of relationships. They may provide counseling and support for issues such as infidelity, financial pressures, grief, divorce, or mental health concerns.

Mental Health Counselor Salary and Job Growth

Before pursuing a career in mental health counseling, you may want a better sense of average salaries and job growth potential. Currently, this field is growing faster than average, though salary may vary widely based on industry and location.

Salary

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates the 2018 median pay for this industry was $44,630. Professionals in the lowest 10% of earners brought home less than $28,240, while those in the top 10% earned $72,990 or more.

Industry can play a significant role in pay, as working for a government agency often pays far more than a residential mental health facility. Industry-specific median pay rates for 2018 were as follows:

  • Government: $51,690
  • Hospitals (state, local, and private): $48,310
  • Individual and family services: $44,120
  • Outpatient mental health and substance abuse centers: $43,120
  • Residential mental health and substance abuse facilities: $38,190

Lastly, you should also consider how location impacts your income. While the national average may sit at $44,630, some states pay substantially more. The top five paying states for mental health counselors in 2018 were:

Top-Paying States
Utah $66,330
Alaska $62,920
Oregon $59,390
New Jersey $58,410

Check out the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ state-level data for mental health counselors to learn about other states with higher-than-average pay.

Job Growth

In addition to the existing 304,500 roles for mental health counselors, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that nearly 70,000 new positions will be added between 2018-2028, leading to a 22% increase in jobs.

While all parts of the country should see an increase in jobs, some states may see more growth than others. States with the highest employment levels for mental health counselors include:

Highest Employment Levels
California 31,270
Pennsylvania 20,860
Massachusetts 15,880
New York 14,610
Virginia 12,620

How to Become a Mental Health Counselor

Before you decide to pursue this career path, it is important to understand the education and steps required to become a mental health counselor. The requirements may vary slightly by state; however, most mental health counselors will complete the following steps:

  1. Earn a bachelor’s degree. Most individuals who aspire to roles as mental health counselors study a related topic at the bachelor’s level. Options may include psychology, social work, or sociology.
  2. Select a specialty area. As discussed earlier, the field of mental health counseling is so large that it’s common for students to pick a specialty area. You’ll have the chance to take undergraduate classes that expose you to different focus areas, making it easier to choose your concentration.
  3. Earn a master’s degree. All mental health counselors must possess a master’s degree to receive licensure and practice. These programs usually require three years of full-time study.
  4. Complete supervised clinical experience. As part of licensure requirements, newly minted graduates must participate in an extensive clinical experience under the supervision of a licensed mental health counselor . Individual state boards set specific requirements, but usually mandate between 2,000 and 4,000 hours of qualifying experience.
  5. Meet licensure requirements. In addition to hours gained in a supervised clinical experience, students must also demonstrate competency through examination. Each state sets licensure requirements, so use the American Counseling Association’s directory to find information about your state.
  6. Participate in continuing education programs. In order to maintain and renew your license, you must complete a set number of continuing education credits. Check with your state board of licensing to learn more.

Mental Health Counseling Degree Programs

To become a mental health counselor, you’ll need to pursue both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree. While the requirements may vary slightly by state or degree program, most programs have similar acceptance and course work requirements.

Acceptance Requirements

To be accepted into a master’s degree program in counseling, you’ll need to meet several requirements. Common application materials include official transcripts demonstrating completion of a bachelor’s degree in psychology or a related subject, a GPA that meets minimum requirements, GRE scores, letters of recommendation from former professors or supervisors, and a statement of purpose outlining why you want to pursue a master’s in counseling and why you want to do so at that particular school.

Curriculum and Courses

Aside from specialty courses, plan to complete an array of classes discussing general mental health counseling topics. While no two programs are exactly the same, courses discussed below will give you a general sense of what to expect.

  • Counseling Techniques: Students explore necessary skills and common methods for providing counseling, with emphasis on interviewing clients, observing behaviors, creating written reports, and assessing how the client is responding to treatment.
  • Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling: This class looks at some of the legal standards governing the mental health counseling field, including laws around accessibility and equity. Students also consider questions related to the ethics of confidentiality and client protection.
  • Responding to Crisis and Trauma: With a focus on helping learners understand the biological and chemical reactions to trauma and crises, this course looks at topics around diagnoses, transference, response models, and advocacy programs.

Graduation Requirements

Aside from passing the 60 or so required credits and keeping your GPA up, many schools mandate that you take part in several hands-on experiential learning opportunities and/or engage in meaningful research.

Programs aimed at preparing counselors typically require supervised experiences in which you work with patients, while those working to prepare future researchers or academics often mandate the research and writing of a thesis that uniquely explores an important topic within mental health. Most schools post their plans of study online, so review these to understand each institution’s graduation requirements.

How to Pick a Mental Health Counseling Program

Check Accreditation Status
If a school on your list of prospective institutions doesn’t maintain regional and/or programmatic accreditation, walk away immediately. Students who fail to attend a properly accredited school have issues transferring credits, receiving licensure, and competing for jobs.

Talk to Current Students or Alumni
Getting the inside scoop from those who actually took classes and used their degree to land a job can provide great insight into whether the program adequately prepares graduates.

Chat with Local Counseling Centers
Hiring managers are familiar with local schools and their graduates, and can provide insight into whether they feel students are ready for the rigors of the professional world after graduation.

Read Faculty Bios
Faculty bios provide a great deal of information about whether professors possess relevant experience or are pursuing research in an area that speaks to your career goals.

Ask about Available Specialties
If you want to work in rehabilitative counseling, but your prospective school doesn’t offer it, consider continuing your search elsewhere.

Consider Learning Format
While some learners prefer the face-to-face learning style of campus-based programs, others may need the flexibility afforded by distance learning. Ask the admissions officer about learning formats before enrolling.

Review Tuition Costs
Even if a school offers much of what you’re looking for, sometimes cost is prohibitive. If you don’t want to take on substantial student loan debt, it might be worth continuing your search.

Licensing Requirements for Mental Health Counselors

Because each state sets its own rules and requirements around licensure, no two states are alike. To give you a general sense of what to expect, we’ll take a look at requirements set forth by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling, which stipulates applicants must provide:

  • Official transcripts from a master’s level mental health program accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
  • At least 1,000 hours of supervised clinical experience sponsored by the university
  • At least two years of supervised, full-time work experience completed after graduating from your master’s degree
  • Evidence of passing the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination
  • Completion of Florida-based professional courses on laws and rules, HIV/AIDS, and domestic violence.

To find out about licensing requirements in your state, check with the American Counseling Association.

View our guide on psychology programs and licensing by state

Resources for Mental Health Counselors

Additional Psychology Schools
Adelphi University (Garden City, NY)
  • Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling
Adler Graduate School (Richfield, MN)
  • Master of Arts in Adlerian Counseling & Psychotherapy - Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Adler School of Professional Psychology (Chicago, IL)
  • Criminology
    (online)
  • Specialization in Military Psychology
    (online)
Albertus Magnus College (New Haven, CT)
  • Major in Psychology - Counseling and Mental Health
Alvin Community College (Alvin, TX)
  • Associate of Applied Science - Mental Health/Addiction Counseling
  • Certificate in Mental Health/Addiction Counseling
American International College (Springfield, MA)
  • Master of Arts in Mental Health Counselor
Antioch University New England (Keene, NH)
  • Certificate in Applied Psychology - Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Master of Arts in Applied Psychology - Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Antioch University Seattle (Seattle, WA)
  • Master of Arts in Psychology - Mental Health Counseling
Appalachian State University (Boone, NC)
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Addiction Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Body Centered Therapy
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - General Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Marriage and Family Counseling
Arkansas State University - Online (State University, AR)
  • Education Specialist in Psychology & Counseling - Mental Health Counseling
Auburn University (Auburn, AL)
  • Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Ball State University (Muncie, IN)
  • Master of Arts in Counseling - Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Barry University (Miami, FL)
  • Educational Specialist in Counseling - Marital, Couple & Family Counseling / Therapy & Mental Health Counseling
  • Educational Specialist in Counseling - Mental Health Counseling
  • Educational Specialist in Counseling - Mental Health Counseling / Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Master of Science in Counseling - Marital, Couple, and Family Counseling / Therapy and Mental Health Counseling
  • Master of Science in Counseling - Mental Health Counseling
  • Master of Science in Counseling - Mental Health Counseling & Rehabilitation Counseling
Boston College (Chestnut Hill, MA)
  • Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology - Mental Health Counselor
Bowie State University (Bowie, MD)
  • Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling
Bradley University (Peoria, IL)
  • Certificate in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Human Development Counseling - Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Post-Masters Certificate in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC)
Bridgewater State University (Bridgewater, MA)
  • Certificate in Mental Health Counseling
  • Master of Education in Mental Health Counseling
Brigham Young University-Hawaii (Laie, HI)
  • Bachelors of Arts in Psychology - Mental Health
Caldwell University (Caldwell, NJ)
  • Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology - Mental Health Counseling
California Institute of Integral Studies (San Francisco, CA)
  • Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology - Community Mental Health
Cambridge College (Cambridge, MA)
  • Certificate in Counseling Psychology - Mental Health Counseling
  • Certificate in Mental Health Counseling License
  • Master of Education in Marriage & Family Therapy, Mental Health & Addiction Counseling
  • Master of Education in Mental Health & Addiction Counseling
  • Master of Education in Mental Health & Addiction Counseling - Trauma Studies
  • Master of Education in Mental Health Counseling
  • Master of Education in Mental Health Counseling - Trauma Studies
  • Master of Education in School Adjustment & Mental Health Counseling - School Adjustment, Mental Health & Addiction Counseling
  • Master of Education in School Adjustment & Mental Health Counseling - School Guidance Counseling
  • Master of Education in School Adjustment, Mental Health & Addiction Counseling - School Adjustment & Mental Health Counseling
Canisius College (Buffalo, NY)
  • Master in Counseling - Mental Health Counseling
Cazenovia College (Cazenovia, NY)
  • Associate of Arts - Counseling and Mental Health
  • Associate of Science - Counseling and Mental Health
  • Bachelor of Science - Counseling and Mental Health
Central Washington University (Ellensburg, WA)
  • Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling
Chicago State University (Chicago, IL)
  • Master of Arts in Counseling. - Clinical Mental Health
Cincinnati Christian University (Cincinnati, OH)
  • Master of Arts in Counseling - Clinical Mental Health
Clemson University (Clemson, SC)
  • Master of Education in Counselor Education - Clinical Mental Health Counseling
The College of New Rochelle (New Rochelle, NY)
  • Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling
College of Saint Elizabeth (Morristown, NJ)
  • Certificate in Mental Health Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology - Mental Health Counseling
College of St. Joseph (Rutland, VT)
  • Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling,
Concordia University-Chicago (River Forest, IL)
  • Master of Arts in Mental Health and Counseling
CUNY-Brooklyn College (Brooklyn, NY)
  • MA in Mental Health Counseling
CUNY-City College of New York (New York, NY)
  • Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling
CUNY-College of Staten Island (Staten Island, NY)
  • Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling
CUNY John Jay College Criminal Justice (New York, NY)
  • Master of Arts in Forensic Mental Health Counseling
CUNY-Queens College (Flushing, NY)
  • Master of Science in Education in Counselor Education - Mental Health Counseling
Doane College (Crete, NE)
  • Bachelors of Arts in Psychology - Mental Health
Drake University (Des Moines, IA)
  • Master of Science in Counseling - Mental Health Counseling
Eastern Kentucky University (Richmond, KY)
  • Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling
Eastern Washington University (Cheney, WA)
  • Master of Science in Applied Psychology - Mental Health Counseling
Emporia State University (Emporia, KS)
  • Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling
Fairfield University (Fairfield, CT)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - Mental Health Research and Practice
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology - Mental Health Research and Practice
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Fairleigh Dickinson University (Teaneck, NJ)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - Mental Health
  • MA in General Theoretical Psychology - Behavior Disorders
Fitchburg State College (Fitchburg, MA)
  • Master of Science in Counseling - Mental Health Counseling
Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton, FL)
  • Educational Specialist in Mental Health Counseling
  • Master of Education - Mental Health Counseling
Florida Gulf Coast University (Fort Myers, FL)
  • Master of Arts in Counseling - Mental Health Counseling
Florida International University (Miami, FL)
  • Master of Science in Counselor Education - Mental Health Counseling Track
Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL)
  • Education Specialist in Mental Health Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling
Fort Valley State University (Fort Valley, GA)
  • Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling
Gallaudet University (Washington, DC)
  • Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling
Gardner-Webb University (Boiling Springs, NC)
  • Master of Arts / Ed. Specialist in Mental Health Counseling
Geneva College (Beaver Falls, PA)
  • Master of Arts in Counseling - Mental Health Counseling
George Fox University (Newberg, OR)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - Mental Health Disorders
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology - Mental Health Disorders
Georgia State University (Atlanta, GA)
  • Master of Sciecne in Mental Health Counseling and Educational Research
  • Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling
Georgian Court University (Lakewood, NJ)
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Grace College and Theological Seminary (Winona Lake, IN)
  • Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling
    (online)
Grace University (Omaha, NE)
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Harding University (Searcy, AR)
  • Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling
Heidelberg University (Tiffin, OH)
  • Major in Psychology - Mental Health
Henderson State University (Arkadelphia, AR)
  • Masters of Science - Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Hofstra University (Hempstead, NY)
  • Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling
Husson University (Bangor, ME)
  • Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Idaho State University (Pocatello, ID)
  • Master of Counseling - Mental Health Counseling
Indiana State University (Terre Haute, IN)
  • Certification in Mental Health Counselor Endorsement
  • Master of Science Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Indiana Wesleyan University (Marion, IN)
  • Master of Arts in Counseling - Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Iona College (New Rochelle, NY)
  • Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling
James Madison University (Harrisonburg, VA)
  • Educational Specialist in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
John Carroll University (Cleveland, OH)
  • Major in Psychology - Mental Health Services
Kansas Wesleyan University (Salina, KS)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychological Services - Mental Health and Clinical
Keiser University (Fort Lauderdale, FL / Fort Myers, FL / Lakeland, FL / Orlando, FL / Port St. Lucie, FL / Sarasota, FL / Tampa, FL)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - Fort Myers, FL
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - Lakeland, FL
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - Port St. Lucie, FL
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - Sarasota, FL
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling, MS
  • Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Fort Myers
  • Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Lakeland
  • Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Port St. Lucie
  • Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Tampa
  • Master of Science in Psychology - Fort Myers, FL
  • Master of Science in Psychology - Lakeland, FL
  • Master of Science in Psychology - Orlando
  • Master of Science in Psychology - Port St. Lucie, FL
  • Master of Science in Psychology - Sarasota, FL
Kent State University (Kent, OH)
  • Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania (Kutztown, PA)
  • Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling
Lee University (Cleveland, TN)
  • Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling
Lesley University (Cambridge, MA)
  • BS/MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Community Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Guidance Counseling, Initial: 5-12, MCM
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Holistic Studies
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - School Adjustment Counselor
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - School Guidance Counselor
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Trauma Studies
  • Master of Arts in Expressive Therapies - Mental Health Counseling
  • Master of Counseling Psychology or Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Dual Major
Lincoln Memorial University (Harrogate, TN)
  • Major in Counseling - Mental Health Counseling
  • Master in Counseling - Mental Health Counseling
Lincoln University of Pennsylvania (Lincoln University, PA)
  • Master of Science Psychology - Mental Health Counseling
Lindsey Wilson College (Columbia, KY)
  • Master of Education in Counseling & Human Development - Mental Health Counseling
LIU Post (Brookville, NY)
  • M.S. in Mental Health Counseling
Lock Haven University (Lock Haven, PA)
  • Master of Science - Clinical Mental Health Counseling
    (online)
LIU West Chester (Purchase, NY)
  • Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling
Lynchburg College (Lynchburg, VA)
  • Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Lynn University (Boca Raton, FL)
  • Psychology - Bachelor
    (online)
Madonna University (Livonia, MI)
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology - Mental Health
Marist College (Poughkeepsie, NY)
  • Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling
Marshall University (Huntington, WV)
  • Master of Arts in Counseling - Mental Health Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Counseling - Mental Health Counseling with Addictions Emphasis
  • Master of Arts in Counseling - Mental Health Counseling with Marriage, Couples, & Family
  • Master of Arts in Counseling - Mental Health Counseling with Religious Setting
Mary Baldwin University (Staunton, VA)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - Mental Health Work
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology - Mental Health Work
Marywood University (Scranton, PA)
  • Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling
Medaille College (Buffalo, NY)
  • Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling
Messiah College (Grantham, PA)
  • Master of Arts in Counseling - Mental Health Counseling
MidAmerica Nazarene University (Olathe, KS)
  • Master of Arts in Counseling - Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Middle Tennessee State University (Murfreesboro, TN)
  • Master of Education in Professional Counseling - Mental Health Counseling
Mills College (Oakland, CA)
  • BA/MA in Infant Mental Health.
Minnesota State University-Mankato (Mankato, MN)
  • Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling
Mississippi College (Clinton, MS)
  • Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling
Monmouth University (West Long Branch, NJ)
  • Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling
  • Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling - Child/adolescent Counseling
  • Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling - Group counseling
  • Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling - Industrial/Organizational Counseling
  • Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling - Marriage/Couples/Family/Sex Therapy
  • Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling - Multicultural counseling
  • Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling - Spiritual counseling
  • Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling - Substance abuse Counseling
Montana State University-Billings (Billings, MT)
  • Master of Science in Psychology - Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling
Mount Ida College (Newton, MA)
  • Bachelor of Science in Mental Health Worker Track Psychology
New York Institute of Technology (Old Westbury, NY)
  • Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling
Niagara University (Lewiston, NY)
  • Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling
North Carolina Central University (Durham, NC)
  • Master of Arts in Education - Mental Health Counseling
Northeastern State University (Tahlequah, OK)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - Mental Health
Northern State University (Aberdeen, SD)
  • Master of Science in Education Counseling - Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Nyack College (Nyack, NY)
  • Master of Arts degree in Mental Health Counseling
Oakland University (Rochester, MI)
  • Educational Specialist in Counseling - Mental Health Counseling
Ohio Northern University (Ada, OH)
  • Major in Psychology - Mental Health
Ohio University (Athens, OH)
  • Master of Education - Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Ottawa University (Online, )
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
    (online)
  • Psychology - Bachelor
Ottawa University (Phoenix, AZ)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Ottawa University (Ottawa, KS)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
    (online)
Ottawa University (Brookfield, WI)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
    (online)
Palm Beach Atlantic University (West Palm Beach, FL)
  • Master of Science in Counseling Psychology - Professional licensure in Mental Health Counseling
Palo Alto University (Redwood City, CA)
  • MA in Counseling -Mental Health Emphasis
    (online)
  • PhD in Clinical Psychology - Diversity and Community Mental Health
Penn State Lehigh Valley (Fogelsville, PA)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology - Community Mental Health/Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation
Phillips Graduate Institute (Encino, CA)
  • Master of Arts - Co-Occurring Disorders
  • Master of Arts - Community Mental Health
Pittsburg State University (Pittsburg, KS)
  • Master of Science in Counseling - Clinical Mental Health
Plymouth State University (Plymouth, NH)
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology - Mental Health
Portland State University (Portland, OR)
  • Master of Arts Counselor Education - Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Master of Science Counselor Education - Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Post University - Online (Waterbury, CT)
  • B.A. in Psychology / Human Development, Education and Health
    (online)
  • B.A. in Psychology
    (online)
  • B.S. in Human Services / Counseling
    (online)
  • Graduate Certificate in Alcohol & Drug Counseling
    (online)
  • M.S. in Human Services / Clinical Counseling
    (online)
Rasmussen College (Topeka, KS)
  • Accelerated Human Services Bachelor Degree-Completion Program
Regent University (Virginia Beach, VA)
  • Associate of Arts in Psychology
    (online)
  • B.S Psychology
    (online)
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - School Counseling
    (online)
Rhode Island College (Providence, RI)
  • Certificate in Co-occurring Disorders
  • Certificate in Mental Health Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Co-occurring Disorders
Rivier College (Nashua, NH)
  • Certificate in Mental Health Counseling
  • MA in Mental Health Counseling
Rollins College (Winter Park, FL)
  • Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling
Roosevelt University (Chicago, IL)
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Rowan University (Glassboro, NJ)
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Saint Bonaventure University (Saint Bonaventure, NY)
  • Master of Science in Education - Counselor Education Community Mental Health
University of Saint Joseph (West Hartford, CT)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - Criminal Justice/Mental Health
  • Master of Arts in Community Mental Health Counseling
St. Thomas University - Online (Miami Gardens, FL)
  • Masters of Science in Mental Health Counseling
Salem State University (Salem, MA)
  • Master of Science in Counseling & Psychological Services - Mental Health Counseling
Salve Regina University (Newport, RI)
  • Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Mental Health - Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Holistic Counseling - Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Mental Health with a Holistic Concentration
San Diego State University (San Diego, CA)
  • Master of Arts in Psychology - Physical and/or Mental Health Research
Shippensburg University (Shippensburg, PA)
  • Master of Science in Counseling - Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Sinclair Community College (Dayton, OH)
  • Associate of Applied Science in Mental Health Technology
South Dakota State University (Brookings, SD)
  • Master of Science - Counseling in a Rehabilitation and Mental Health Setting
Southern Adventist University (Collegedale, TN)
  • Master of Science in Counseling - Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Southern Connecticut State University (New Haven, CT)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - Mental Health
  • Certificates in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Southern Illinois University-Carbondale (Carbondale, IL)
  • Master of Science in Education - Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Southern New Hampshire University - Online (Hookset, NH)
  • MS Psychology: Industrial & Organizational Psychology
    (online)
  • MS Psychology
    (online)
  • Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling
Southern Oregon University (Ashland, OR)
  • Master in Mental Health Counseling
Southern University and A & M College (Baton Rouge, LA)
  • Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling
Spelman College (Atlanta, GA)
  • Major in Psychology - Mental Health
Springfield College (Springfield, MA)
  • Major in Rehabilitation and Disability Studies - Addictions and Mental Health
  • Master of Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Master of Marriage and Family Therapy/Mental Health Counseling - Dual Marriage and Family Therapy/Mental Health Counseling
  • Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling
St. John Fisher College (Rochester, NY)
  • Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling
Stetson University (Deland, FL)
  • Master of Science in Counseling - Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Suffolk University (Boston, MA)
  • MS in Mental Health Counseling & Criminal Justice
  • MS in Mental Health Counseling & Public Managemen
  • Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling
SUNY-Albany (Albany, NY)
  • BA/MA in Mental Health Counseling
  • Master’s of Science in Mental Health Counseling
SUNY at New Paltz (New Paltz, NY)
  • Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling
SUNY-Plattsburgh (Plattsburgh, NY)
  • Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling
SUNY-The College at Brockport (Brockport, NY)
  • Master of Science - Mental Health Counselor
Tennessee Tech University (Cookeville, TN)
  • Master of Arts - Mental Health Counseling (Master’s level only)
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (Corpus Christi, TX)
  • Master of Science in Counseling - Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Texas Tech University (Lubbock, TX)
  • Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Counseling
The College of Saint Rose (Albany, NY)
  • Master of Science in Education in Mental Health Counseling - College
  • Master of Science in Education in Mental Health Counseling - Community
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (Greensboro, NC)
  • Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
The University of Tennessee-Martin (Martin, TN)
  • Master of Science in Education - Counseling - Mental Health
    (online)
The University of Vermont (Burlington, VT)
  • Master of Science in Counseling - Mental Health Counseling
The University of West Florida (Pensacola, FL)
  • Master of Arts in Psychology - Counseling - Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Touro College (New York, NY)
  • Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling
Trinity International University (Davie, FL)
  • Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology - Mental Health Counseling
Trinity International University (Deerfield, IL)
  • Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling
Troy University (Troy, AL)
  • Master of Science in Counseling and Psychology - Clinical Mental Health Counseling
University of Massachusetts-Boston (Boston, MA)
  • Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling
  • Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling - Forensic Services
    (online)
  • Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling
    (online)
Union Institute & University (Cincinnati, OH)
  • Master of Arts in Psychology & Counseling - Clinical Mental Health Counseling
    (online)
University of Alaska-Anchorage (Anchorage, AK)
  • Certificates in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
University of Central Florida (Orlando, FL)
  • Master of Arts in Counselor Education - Mental Health Counseling
University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH)
  • Certificate in Mental Health Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling
University of Colorado-Denver (Denver, CO)
  • MA in Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education - Clinical Mental Health
University of Florida (Gainesville, FL)
  • EdD in Mental Health Counseling
  • Educational Specialist in Marriage and Family Counseling - Mental Health Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Education in Marriage and Family Counseling - Mental Health Counseling
  • Master of Education in Marriage and Family Counseling - Mental Health Counseling
  • PhD in Mental Health Counseling
University of Hartford (West Hartford, CT)
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Practices in Psychology - Clinical Mental Health Counseling
University of Hawaii at Hilo (Hilo, HI)
  • Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology - Mental Health Counseling
University of Idaho (Moscow, ID)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - Mental Health Application
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - Nonmental Health Application
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology - Mental Health Application
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology - Nonmental Health Application
  • Master of Counseling - Mental Health Counseling (Boise Program)
University of Indianapolis (Indianapolis, IN)
  • Master of Arts in Psychology - Mental Health Counseling
The University of Louisiana at Monroe (Monroe, LA)
  • MEd in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
University of Louisville (Louisville, KY)
  • Master of Education in Counseling and Personnel Services - Mental Health Counseling
University of Maine (Orono, ME)
  • MEd in Mental Health Counseling
University of Maine-Farmington (Farmington, ME)
  • Certificate in Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (Belton, TX)
  • Master of Arts in Counseling - Clinical Mental Health Counseling
University of Miami (Coral Gables, FL)
  • Master of Science in Education - Mental Health Counseling
University of Missouri-Kansas City (Kansas City, MO)
  • Educational Specialist in Counseling and Guidance - Mental Health (General)
  • Master of Arts in Counseling and Guidance - Mental Health Counseling
University of Nevada-Las Vegas (Las Vegas, NV)
  • Certificate in Clinical Mental health Counseling
  • Master of Science in Community Mental Health Counseling
University of North Dakota (Grand Forks, ND)
  • Certificate in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing - Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Certificate in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing - Nurse Practitioner
University of North Florida - Online (Jacksonville, FL)
  • Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling
University of Phoenix (Dunwoody, GA)
  • BS in Psychology
    (online)
University of Phoenix (Meridian, ID)
  • BS in Psychology
    (online)
University of Phoenix (Albuquerque, NM)
  • BS in Psychology
    (online)
  • Master of Science in Counseling - Mental Health Counseling
University of Phoenix (Las Vegas, NV / Reno, NV)
  • BS in Psychology
    (online)
  • Master of Science in Counseling - Mental Health Counseling
    (online)
University of Phoenix (Guaynabo, PR)
  • BS in Psychology
    (online)
University of Phoenix (Nashville, TN)
  • BS in Psychology
    (online)
University of Phoenix (Salt Lake City, UT)
  • BS in Psychology
    (online)
  • Master of Science in Counseling - Mental Health Counseling
University of Puerto Rico at Cayey (Cayey, PR)
  • BA in Psychology & Mental Health
University of Puget Sound (Tacoma, WA)
  • Master of Education in Counseling - Mental Health Counseling
University of Rochester (Rochester, NY)
  • EdD in Mental Health Counseling
  • MS in Community Mental Health Counseling
University of Saint Francis (Fort Wayne, IN)
  • Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling
University of San Diego (San Diego, CA)
  • MA in Counseling - Clinical Mental Health Counseling
University of South Dakota (Vermillion, SD)
  • Certificate in Disaster Mental Health
  • Certificate in Disaster Mental Health
    (online)
  • Master of Arts in Counseling - Clinical Mental Health Counseling
University of South Florida (Tampa, FL)
  • MA in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling
  • MA in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling - Addictions and Substance Abuse Counseling
  • MA in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling - Marriage & Family Therapy
  • Master of Arts in Counselor Education - Clinical Mental Health Counseling
University of South Florida-Polytechnic (Lakeland, FL)
  • Master of Arts in Counselor Education - Community/Mental Health
University of Southern California - Online (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Master of Social Work - Mental Health
    (online)
University of Southern Maine (Portland, ME)
  • Certificate in Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician/Community - MHRT/Community
University of the Rockies (Colorado Springs, CO)
  • Doctor of Psychology - Mental Health Administration
    (online)
  • Master of Arts in Psychology - Mental Health Administration
    (online)
University of the Southwest (Hobbs, NM)
  • Master of Science in Counseling - Mental Health
    (online)
University of Wisconsin-Parkside (Kenosha, WI)
  • Certificate in Mental Health Skills
University of Wisconsin-Stout (Menomonie, WI)
  • MS in Mental Health Counseling
  • MS in Mental Health Counseling - Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counseling
  • MS in Mental Health Counseling - Career Counseling
  • MS in Mental Health Counseling - Child and Adolescent Counseling
  • MS in Mental Health Counseling - Eating Disorders
  • MS in Mental Health Counseling - Gerontological Counseling
  • MS in Mental Health Counseling - Health Psychology Counseling
Valparaiso University (Valparaiso, IN)
  • Law/MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA)
  • Certificate in Nursing - Advanced practice psychiatric mental health
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Advanced practice psychiatric mental health
Viterbo University (La Crosse, WI)
  • Masters in Mental Health Counseling
Wake Forest University (Winston Salem, NC / Winston-Salem, NC)
  • Master of Arts in Counseling - Clinical Mental Health - Online
  • Masters of Arts in Counseling - Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Wayne State College (Wayne, NE)
  • Master of Science in Education - Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Waynesburg University (Waynesburg, PA)
  • Master of Arts in Counseling - Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Webster University (Saint Louis, MO)
  • MA in Counseling - Professional Mental Health Counseling
West Chester University of Pennsylvania (West Chester, PA)
  • Certificate in Clinical Mental Health in Preparation for Counseling Licensure
Western Carolina University (Cullowhee, NC)
  • Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Western Illinois University (Macomb, IL)
  • Master of Science in Psychology - Clinical/Community Mental Health
Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, MI)
  • Master of Arts in Counselor Education - Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Western New Mexico University (Silver City, NM)
  • Master of Arts in Counseling - Mental Health Licensure
Westfield State University (Westfield, MA)
  • Master of Arts in Psychology - Mental Health Counseling
Westminster College (Salt Lake City, UT)
  • Masters of Science in Professional Counseling - Mental Health Counseling
William Jessup University (Rocklin, CA)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - Community Mental Health
Wilmington University (New Castle, DE)
  • Certificate in Mental Health Counseling
Winthrop University (Rock Hill, SC)
  • MEd in Counseling and Development - Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Worcester State University (Worcester, MA)
  • Major in Psychology - Mental Health Services
Wright State University (Dayton, OH)
  • MA in Counseling - Mental Health Counseling
Youngstown State University (Youngstown, OH)
  • MS in Counseling - Clinical Mental Health/Community Counseling
Kaplan University (Cedar Falls, IA / Cedar Rapids, IA / Davenport, IA / Des Moines, IA)
  • BS in Psychology - Cedar Rapids, IA
  • BS in Psychology - Davenport, IA
  • MS in Psychology - Cedar Falls, IA
  • MS in Psychology - Cedar Rapids, IA
  • MS in Psychology - Davenport, IA
  • MS in Psychology - Des Moines, IA
Kaplan University (Learning Center - Indianapolis, IN)
  • MSPY - Addictions
  • MSPY - General Psychology
Kaplan University (Hagerstown, MD / Learning Center - Rockville, MD)
  • BS in Psychology - Hagerstown, MD
  • MS in Psychology - Hagerstown, MD
  • MSPY - Addictions
  • MSPY - General Psychology
Kaplan University (Augusta, ME / Lewiston, ME)
  • BS in Psychology - Lewiston, ME
  • MS in Psychology
  • MSPY - Addictions
  • MSPY - General Psychology
Kaplan University (Learning Center - St. Louis, MO)
  • MS in Psychology
  • MSPY - Addictions
  • MSPY - General Psychology
Keiser University eCampus
  • (PF Online, )
    • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
      (online)
  • Kaplan University - Online (Online, )
    • BS in Psychology
      (online)
    • BSPY - Applied Behavior Analysis
      (online)
    Liberty University Online (Online, VA)
    • Bachelor of Science in Psychology: Criminal Psychology
      (online)
    • Psychology – Life Coaching (BS)
      (online)
    • Psychology – Military Resilience (BS)
      (online)
    Walden University - Online (Minneapolis, MN)
    • M.S. in Forensic Psychology - Mental Health Applications
      (online)
    • Master of Social Work - Medical Social Work
      (online)
    • Ph.D. in Psychology - General Psychology
      (online)
    • Ph.D. in Psychology - General
      (online)
    University of Liverpool (Online, )
    • MS in Applied Psychology - General Psychology
      (online)
    Adler University (Chicago, IL)
    • Master of Arts in Psychology: Specialization in Military Psychology
      (online)
    The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Online (Online, IL)
    • M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling
      (online)
    Rasmussen College Online (Mankato, MN)
    • Accelerated Human Services Bachelors Degree-Completion Program
      (online)
    University of the Rockies Online (San Diego, CA)
    • MA - Clinical Mental Health Counseling
      (online)
    • MA - Mental Health Administration Specialization
      (online)
    • PhD - Mental Health Administration Specialization
      (online)