State Email Sent To Date Response
Alabama Florence.Hemphill@abec.alabam 8/8/2008 asked me to call her
1 email@example.com ####### Working on certification. They are working on a certification
for distance learning, but you will
have to be licensed. It will be something like: is licensed as a
professional counselor or is a licensed physician, licensed
advanced nurse practitioner who is certified to provide
psychiatric or mental health services, licensed clinical social
worker, licensed marital and family therapist, licensed
psychologist, or licensed psychological associate
Arizona firstname.lastname@example.org 8/8/2008 If you are providing psychotherapy services in the state of
Arizona you must
be licensed by this board. You may find the requirements for
our website, www.bbhe.state.az.us and by clicking on the
Rules & Laws link,
then Rules. Counseling appears in Article 5.
Administrative Services Officer
Board of Behavioral Health Examiners
3443 N. Central Avenue, Suite 1700
Phoenix, AZ 85012
Arkansas email@example.com ####### You must be licensed in the state of Arkansas as a
Professional Counselor or Marriage Family Therapist and be
approved by our Board as a Supervisor and also approved for
the Technology-assisted Supervision Specialization.
Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling
P.O. Box 70
Magnolia, AR 71754
California firstname.lastname@example.org 8/5/2008 You have to be licensed in CA to offer phone therapy to CA
Colorado email@example.com 8/8/2008
Connecticut firstname.lastname@example.org ####### In order to perform or offer any therapy in Connecticut, you will
need to hold a license to practice in Connecticut through the
Connecticut Department of Public Health. Please review the
following link and contact the agency directly for further
Department of Public Health
Address: 410 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06134
Phone: 860 509 8000
Delaware Shauna.Slaughter@state.de.us ####### Delaware has no requirements that specifically address the
provisioning of therapy via phone. I would suggest that you
review the Board’s License Law and Rules and Regulations for
additional information regarding the licensure process in
Delaware, specifically section 3015.
l Any questions regarding the License Law and Regulations
would need to be addressed by a Delaware attorney as I
cannot provide legal advice.
District of email@example.com 8/8/2008
Florida firstname.lastname@example.org ####### An individual that practices mental health counseling in the
Florida, whether in person, by telephone, or computer is
required to be
licensed as a mental health counselor in Florida. The practice
mental health counseling is defined in Section 491.003(9),
Statutes, and may be accessed through our Web site at
Program Operations Administrator
Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and
Department of Health
Phone: 850-245-4461 Fax: 850-412-2702
Georgia email@example.com 9/5/2008 Feedback from the Georgia Board is that you must first be sure
that you can provide distance counseling according to Oregon
law. You may also want to check with the Amercian
Counseling Association (www.counseling.org) for additional
The National Board for Certified Counselors
(www.nbcc.org/webethics2) suggests the following:
Legal Considerations, Licensure, and Certification
Internet counselors review pertinent legal and ethical codes for
guidance on the practice of Internet counseling and
Local, state, provincial, and national statutes as well as codes
of professional membership organizations, professional
certifying bodies, and state or provincial licensing boards need
to be reviewed. Also, as varying state rules and opinions exist
on questions pertaining to whether Internet counseling takes
place in the Internet counselor's location or the Internet client's
location, it is important to review codes in the counselor's home
jurisdiction as well as the client's. Internet counselors also
consider carefully local customs regarding age of consent and
child abuse reporting, and liability insurance policies need to be
reviewed to determine if the practice of Internet counseling is a
The Internet counselor's Web site provides links to websites of
all appropriate certification bodies and licensure boards to
facilitate consumer protection.
You certainly raise an interesting question, about which there is
Hawaii firstname.lastname@example.org 8/8/2008 Our law is silent on this matter.
Idaho email@example.com ####### Idaho laws and rules do
not distinguish between counseling provided electronically and
counseling provided in one's office. Therefore all requirements
would apply to your situation. This means that in order to
provide counseling to someone in Idaho you would need to be
licensed in Idaho.
If you do not wish to obtain an Idaho license you could include
in your advertising that you can not provide services to those
residing in Idaho.
Idaho law and the codes of ethics also require that you be
appropriately trained in the modality of counseling you are
providing. Consequently I would urge you to insure that you
have studied the unique circumstances that arise in distance
counseling and insure that your efforts are consistent with
maintaining confidentiality and high standards of care.
Roberta Crockett, M.A., LMFT, Chair
Idaho State Licensing Board of Professional Counselors &
Marriage and Family Therapists
Phone: (208) 345-1022
Illinois FPR.firstname.lastname@example.org 8/8/2008
Indiana email@example.com 8/8/2008 We do not have any laws regarding telephone therapy.
However, the Board strongly believes that any therapist
providing services to any citizen within the State of Indiana
should hold an Indiana license.
Iowa firstname.lastname@example.org ####### Iowa administrative code Chapter 645--31.18 requires that
family therapy and mental health counselor services provided
individual in this state through telephonic, electronic, or other
regardless of the location of the marital and family therapist
mental health counselor, shall constitute the practice of marital
family therapy and mental health counseling and shall be
regulation in Iowa.
You can review the requirements for licensure and download
application from the board's web site,
Kansas Leslie.Allen@bsrb.state.ks.us ####### Must be licensed to provide phone counseling to residents in
Kentucky Carolyn.Kyler@ky.gov 8/8/2008 If you are providing counseling in Kentucky by whatever means
you must meet the requirements for, and be licensed, in
Kentucky. Information relating to the requirements for
licensure and the applications are on-line at
Carolyn B. Kyler
Division of Occupations and Professions
911 Leawood Drive (Overnight delivery)
P.O. Box 1360 (Regular mail delivery)
Frankfort, Kentucky 40602
502-564-3296 Ext. 239
Lousiana email@example.com ####### To do counseling in Louisiana you must be licensed in
Louisiana. (response was from Eddye)
Maine firstname.lastname@example.org 8/8/2008
Maryland email@example.com 8/8/2008 We do not accept phone therapy.
DHMH Board Professional Counselors & Therapists
410 - 764-4735
Massachusetts firstname.lastname@example.org 8/8/2008
Michigan email@example.com (Perry Bell) 9/5/2008 You would need to be licensed in Michigan.
Minnesota firstname.lastname@example.org 9/5/2008 Must be licensed in the state. Minnesota licensing boards do
have jurisdiction over persons from other sttes performing
telephone or internet therapy to persons in Minnesota, but it
depends on how the person represents themselves and what
they purport to be doing. If they identify themselves as
licensees from other states, or engage in activities that are
clearly within the scope of practice of a particular licensed
profession, then the appropriate
board could pursue them for unlicensed practice.
Licensing boards have jurisdiction over practice that occurs
with persons living in Minnesota.
Mississippi need to call: 1-888-860-7001 need to call (from their statutes: C. An applicant must be a
resident of or pay income tax in the State of Mississippi.
Documentation may be requested.)
Missouri email@example.com ####### If you located in Missouri and counseling from Missouri, you
have to be licensed or under supervision for licensure. If you
are in another state, you need to check with that state's
Montana firstname.lastname@example.org #######
Nebraska from website: After 9/1/95, no person shall engage in mental health practice
http://www.hhs.state.ne.us/crl/mhc or hold himself or herself out as a mental health practitioner
s/mental/mentalhealth.htm unless he or she is licensed or meets one of the exceptions to
Nevada There is no licensure law in Nevada per
New Hampshire email@example.com 8/8/2008 No person shall engage in the practice of counseling as a
licensed professional counselor or licensed associate
counselor or represent or hold himself out as a licensed
professional counselor or licensed associate counselor unless
licensed pursuant to this act.
New Mexico firstname.lastname@example.org 8/8/2008 Taking my question to the board in September.
New York email@example.com ####### In order to provide any professional services in NY an
individual must be licensed in NY and registered to practice.
Licensure--or "pre-licensure"--in another jurisdiction does not
qualify one to practice in NY.
Practice without authorization or licensure in NY could result in
felony charges and would be reported to the jurisdiction in
which an individual is licensed, where the licensee may face
charges of unprofessional conduct in that jurisdiction. If
performed by a "pre-licensee" that person and the supervisor
would both be subject to charges.
You can access our laws, rules and regulations on the web:
David Hamilton, Ph.D. LMSW
State Board for Mental Health Practitioners
Office of the Professions
NYS Education Department
89 Washington Ave., 2nd Floor
Albany, NY 12234-1000
North Carolina firstname.lastname@example.org 9/8/2008 NC's position is that if you are counseling someone who
resides in this
state you are required to be licensed in this state. This is the
position of most states in the US. If a complaint is filed against
you by a consumer in NC you will be charged with practicing
counseling without a license in this state. The Board is drafting
legislation to add the actual wording in a more specific format.
North Carolina Board of Licensed Professional Counselors
PO Box 1369
Garner, NC 27529
North Dakota email@example.com (Marge ####### Must be licensed in the state of ND.
Ohio Jim.Rough@cswb.state.oh.us ####### Working on legislation. Ohio is working on a new rule, 4757-5-
13 see attached. It is not in effect yet. Our statute states:
§ 4757.02. Unauthorized practice as counselor, social worker,
or marriage and family therapist.
(A) Except as provided in division (C) of this section and
section 4757.41 of the Revised Code:
(1) No person shall engage in or claim to the public to be
engaging in the practice of professional counseling for a fee,
salary, or other consideration unless the person is currently
licensed under this chapter as a professional clinical counselor
or professional counselor.
Under section 4757.02(A)(1) above you need to be licensed in
Ohio to provide services to a resident in Ohio.
Our current rule on phone or other electronic means speaks to
maintaining confidentiality cited below.
4757-5-02(D) (4) Counselors, social workers, and marriage
and family therapists shall take reasonable and appropriate
steps to protect the confidentiality of information transmitted to
others parties through the use of computers, electronic mail,
facsimile machines, telephones and telephone answering
machines, and other electronic or computer technology.
James R. Rough
Counselor, Social Worker & Marriage and Family Therapist
50 West Broad Street, Suite 1075
Columbus, Ohio 43215-5919
Okalahoma firstname.lastname@example.org 8/8/2008 Oklahoma currently has no regulations regarding distance
Pennsylvania email@example.com 9/9/2008 Your e-mail has been forwarded to the Beth Michlovitz, legal
counsel to the Board to respond to your inquiry.
Rhode Island firstname.lastname@example.org 8/8/2008
South Carolina COXK@llr.sc.gov ####### To offer counseling in our state you must be licensed in our
Kate K. Cox, Board Administrator
Board for Professional Counselors,
Marriage and Family Therapists, &
Board of Occupational Therapy
Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners
South Dakota email@example.com ####### Our State has a mandatory practice law. If you do counseling
in this State you must have a license issued under our
Chapters and Administrative Rules.
Joyce M. Vos, Exec Sec
SD Board of Examiners for Counselors and Marriage & Family
Tennessee Sherry.Owens@state.tn.us ####### The State of Tennessee does not allow phone counseling.
You will need to be licensed in this state to treat anyone in this
Texas firstname.lastname@example.org 8/8/2008
Utah email@example.com ####### The statute and administrative rule relating to the licensing and
practice of professional counseling in the State of Utah is
available at the following link:
The position of the Utah Division of Occupational and
Professional Licensing is that if a professional counselor
conducts therapy over the phone with a client in Utah, the
professional counselor must be licensed in the State of Utah.
Let me know if you have further questions regarding this
Rich Oborn, Bureau Manager
Utah Department of Commerce
Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing
Phone: (801) 530-6767
Fax: (801) 530-6511
Vermont firstname.lastname@example.org ####### All of our rules apply if you are providing counseling to those in
Vermont. In order to provide counseling services to Vermont
residents you would need to be licensed to do so. You can
download the laws/rules/application from our website:
Virginia Coun@dhp.virginia.gov ####### The VA Board does not recognize phone therapy. You must be
licensed in the state of VA to practice autonomously in VA.
West Virginia email@example.com 8/8/2008
Wisconsin firstname.lastname@example.org 8/8/2008
Wyoming email@example.com ####### Our law requires that if services are provided in Wyoming, then
the provider must be licensed in Wyoming, regardless of the
method of delivery.
Occupational Licensing Director
1800 Carey Avenue, 4th Floor
Cheyenne WY 82002
Phone: (307) 777-7788
Fax: (307) 777-3508