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MFT Licensing Boards

Licensure or certification laws for marriage and family therapists (MFTs) provide a mechanism for the public and third-party payors to identify qualified practitioners of marriage and family therapy.

Marriage and Family Therapists who obtain the MFT license or certificate have met high educational and clinical experience criteria. All states require a Master's or Doctoral degree and supervised clinical experience.

The most common titles used for this license are "Marriage and Family Therapist" or "Marital and Family Therapist."

There are an estimated 48,000 marriage and family therapists in the United States and Canada. All laws regulate marriage and family therapists at the independent level of practice, with 20 states also regulating entry level therapists.

In the United States, the number of states regulating marriage and family therapy has grown rapidly--from 11 in 1986 to 50 in 2009 (plus the District of Columbia).

In Canada, currently two provinces have passed legislation to regulate the practice of marriage and family therapy.

States or provinces not listed here rely on the professional designation of AAMFT Clinical Fellow to identify marriage and family therapists while their legislatures consider regulatory legislation.

Alaska Board of Marital and Family Therapy

Division of Occupational Licensing
P.O. Box 110806
Juneau, AK 99811-0806

Phone: (907) 465-2550

Fax: (907) 465-2974

Email: laura.carrillo@alaska.gov

Website: www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/cbpl/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardofMaritalFamilyTherapy.aspx

License Categories:

  • Licensed Marital and Family Therapist
  • Licensed Marital and Family Therapy Associate

Alabama Board of Examiners in Marriage and Family Therapy

P.O. Box 240216
Montgomery, AL 36124

Phone: (334) 395-7455

Email: keith@alstateboard.com

Website: www.mft.state.al.us

License Categories: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling

101 East Capitol, Suite 202
Little Rock, AR 72201

Phone: (501) 683-5800

Fax: (501) 683-6349

Email: arboec@sbcglobal.net

Website: www.state.ar.us/abec/

License Categories:

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners

3443 North Central Avenue, #1700
Phoenix, AZ 85012

Phone: (602) 542-1882

Fax: (602) 364-0890

Email: information@azbbhe.us

Website: azbbhe.us/

License Categories:

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

California Board of Behavioral Sciences

1625 North Market Blvd, Suite S-200
Sacramento, CA 95834

Phone: (916) 574-7830

Fax: (916) 574-8625

Email: bbs.info@dca.ca.gov

Website: www.bbs.ca.gov

License Categories:

  • Marriage and Family Therapist and Marriage
  • Family Therapist Intern

Colorado State Board of Marriage and Family Therapist Examiners

Dept. of Regulatory Agencies
1560 Broadway, Suite 1350
Denver, CO 80202

Phone: (303) 894-7800

Fax: (303) 894-7764

Email: DORA_MentalHealthBoard@state.co.us

Website: www.aamft.org/COLicBoard.asp

License Categories: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Connecticut Marital and Family Therapy Licensure

Dept. of Public Health Services
410 Capitol Avenue MS-12APP
P.O. Box 340308
Hartford, CT 06134-0308

Phone: (860) 509-7603

Fax: (860) 707-1980

Email: dph.counselorsteam@ct.gov

Website: www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3121&q=389372

License Categories: Licensed Marital and Family Therapist

District of Columbia Board of Marriage and Family Therapy

899 North Capitol St. NE 2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20002

Phone: (202) 442-5955

Fax: (202) 442-4795

Email: doh@dc.gov

Website: doh.dc.gov/node/146252

License Categories: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Delaware Board of Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Professionals

Cannon Building, Suite 203
861 Silver Lake Boulevard
Dover, DE 19904

Phone: (302) 744-4500

Fax: (302) 739-2711

Email: customerservice.dpr@state.de.us

Website: www.dpr.delaware.gov/boards/profcounselors/index.shtml

License Categories:

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Florida Board of Clinical SW, MFT and MHC

4052 Bald Cypress Way BIN #C08
Tallahassee, FL 32399-3257

Phone: (850) 245-4474

Fax: (850) 921-5389

Email: info@floridasmentalhealthprofessions.gov

Website: floridasmentalhealthprofessions.gov/

License Categories:

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern

Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, SW, and MFT

237 Coliseum Drive Macon, GA 31217-3858

Phone: (478) 207-2440

Fax: (866) 888-7127

Website: sos.ga.gov/index.php/licensing/plb/43

License Categories:

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Hawaii Professional and Vocational Licensing Division

Dpt. of Commerce and Consumer Affairs
Attn: MFT
P.O. Box 3469
Honolulu, HI 96801

Phone: (808) 586-2697

Fax: (808) 586-2874

Email: mft@dcca.hawaii.gov

Website: www.hawaii.gov/dcca/areas/pvl/programs/marriage/

License Categories: Marriage and Family Therapist

Iowa Board of Behavioral Science Examiners

Iowa Dept. Public Health
Prof Licensing Lucas State Office Bldg., 5th floor
321 East 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0075

Phone: (515) 281-0254

Fax: (515) 281-3121

Website: www.idph.iowa.gov

License Categories: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Idaho Board of Professional Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists

Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licenses
700 W State Str
Boise, ID 83702

Phone: (208) 334-3233

Fax: (208) 334-3945

Email: ibol@ibol.idaho.gov

Website: ibol.idaho.gov/IBOL/BoardPage.aspx?Bureau=COU

License Categories:

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Illinois Marriage and Family Therapist Licensing and Disciplinary Board

Illinois Dpt of Professional Regulation
320 W. Washington St., 3rd Floor
Springfield, IL 62786

Phone: (888) 473-4858

Website: www.idfpr.com/profs/MarrFamTherapy.asp

License Categories:

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Indiana Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist and Mental Health Coun Bd

Behavioral Health and Human Services Bd
402 W. Washington Street, Room W072
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Phone: (317) 234-2054

Email: pla8@pla.in.gov

Website: www.in.gov/pla/social.htm

License Categories:

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associates

Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board

700 SW Harrison St., Suite 420
Topeka, KS 66603-3817

Phone: (785) 296-3240

Fax: (785) 296-3112

Email: Max.Foster@bsrb.state.ks.us

Website: www.ksbsrb.ks.gov

License Categories:

  • Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Kentucky Board of Licensure of Marriage and Family Therapists

PO Box 1360
Frankfort, KY 40602

Phone: (502) 782-8809

Fax: (502) 696-4961

Email: sandy.deaton@ky.gov

Website: mft.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx

License Categories: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Marriage and Family Therapy Associate

Louisiana Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners
8631 Summa Avenue
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Phone: (225) 765-2515

Fax: (225) 765-2514

Email: lpcboard@eatel.net

Website: www.lpcboard.org

License Categories: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Marriage and Family Therapy Intern

Massachusetts Bd of Reg Allied Mental Health & Human Service Professional
Division of Professional Licensure
1000 Washington Street, Suite 710
Boston, MA 02118-6100

Phone: 617-727-3074

Fax: 617-727-1944

Email: AMH.Board@state.ma.us

Website: www.mass.gov/ocabr/licensee/dpl-boards/mh/

License Categories: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Maryland State Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists

4201 Patterson Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21215-2299

Phone: (410) 764-4732

Fax: (410) 358-1610

Email: anna.sullivan@maryland.gov

Website: dhmh.state.md.us/bopc

License Categories:

  • Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Licensed Graduate Marriage and Family Therapist

Maine Board of Counseling Professionals Licensure

Office of Licensing and Registration
Dept. of Professional & Financial Regulations
35 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0035

Phone: (207) 624-8603

Fax: (207) 624-8637

Email: anne.l.head@maine.gov

Website: www.state.me.us/pfr/olr/categories/cat13.htm

License Categories: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Michigan Board of Marriage and Family Therapy

Bureau of Professional Licensing
P.O. Box 30670
Lansing, MI 48909

Phone: (517) 373-8068

Email: BPL-BoardSupport@michigan.gov

Website: www.michigan.gov/mdch/0,1607,7-132-27417_27529_27538---,00.html

License Categories: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy

2829 University Ave SE, Suite 400
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Phone: (612) 617-2220

Fax: (612) 617-2221

Email: jennifer.mohlenhoff@state.mn.us

Website: www.bmft.state.mn.us/

License Categories:

  • Licensed Marital and Family Therapist
  • Licensed Associate Marital and Family Therapist

Missouri State Committee of Marital and Family Therapists

3605 Missouri Blvd.
P.O. Box 1335
Jefferson City, MO 65102-1335

Phone: (573) 751-0870

Fax: (573) 751-0735

Email: maritalfam@pr.mo.gov

Website: pr.mo.gov/marital.asp

License Categories: Licensed Marital and Family Therapist

Mississippi Bd of Examiners Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists

350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave., 1st, #761 P.O. Box 4508 Jackson, MS 39296-4508

Phone: (601) 987-6806

Fax: (601) 987-6808

Email: info@swmft.ms.gov

Website: www.swmft.ms.gov/swmft/web.nsf

License Categories: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Montana Board of Behavioral Health

Department of Labor and Industry
301 South Park, 4th Floor
P.O. Box 200513
Helena, MT 59620-0513

Phone: (406) 841-2392

Fax: (406) 841-2305

Email: dlibsdbbh@mt.gov

Website: www.bbh.mt.gov

License Categories: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

North Carolina Marriage and Family Therapy Licensure Board

201 Shannon Oaks Circle Suite 200
Cary, NC 27511

Phone: (919) 654-6914

Fax: (919) 336-5156

Email: ncmftlb@nc.rr.com

Website: www.nclmft.org

License Categories: Licensed Marital and Family Therapist

North Dakota Marriage and Family Therapy Licensure Board

3910 Lewis Road, NW
Mandan, ND 58554

Phone: (701) 400-2696

Email: ndmftlb@midco.net

Website: www.ndmftlb.org

License Categories: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Nebraska Board of Mental Health Practice

P.O. Box 94986
Lincoln, NE 68509-4986

Phone: (402) 471-4905

Fax: (402) 472-1106

Email: cindy.l.kelley@nebraska.gov

Website: www.dhhs.ne.gov/publichealth/Pages/crlMHPSWHome.aspx

License Categories: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

New Hampshire Board of Mental Health Practice

121 South Fruit Street
Concord, NH 03301

Phone: (603) 271-6762

Fax: (603) 271-6605

Email: bdmph@nh.gov

Website: www.nh.gov/mhpb/

License Categories: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

New Jersey State Board of Marriage and Family Therapy Examiners

Division of Consumer Affairs
P.O. Box 45007
Newark, NJ 07101

Phone: (973) 504-6415

Email: askconsumeraffairs@dca.lps.state.nj.us

Website: www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/mft/

License Categories:

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Marriage and Family Therapist Temporary Permit

New Mexico Counseling and Therapy Practice Board

Tony Anaya Building 2nd Floor
2550 Cerrillos Road
PO Box 25101
Santa Fe, NM 87504

Phone: (505) 476-4610

Fax: (505) 476-4633

Email: counselingboard@state.nm.us

Website: www.rld.state.nm.us/boards/Counseling_and_Therapy_Practice.aspx

License Categories: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Nevada State Board of MFT and Clinical Prof Counselors

P.O. Box 370130
Las Vegas, NV 8913-0130

Phone: (702) 486-7388

Fax: (702) 486-7258

Email: mftbd@mftbd.nv.gov

Website: marriage.state.nv.us/

License Categories:

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Marriage and Family Therapist Intern

New York State Board for Mental Health Practitioners

NYS Education Department Office of the Professions
89 Washington Avenue, 2nd Floor
Albany, NY 12234-1000

Phone: (518) 474-3817 ext 450

Fax: (518) 486-2981

Email: MHPBD@mail.nysed.gov

Website: www.op.nysed.gov/prof/mhp/

License Categories: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board

77 South High Street Room 2468
Columbus, OH 43215-6171

Phone: (614) 466-0912

Fax: (614) 728-7790

Email: cswmft.info@cswb.ohio.gov

Website: cswmft.ohio.gov

License Categories:

  • Licensed Independent Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Oklahoma State Board of Behavioral Health Licensure

3815 N Santa Fe, Suite 110 Oklahoma City, OK 73118

Phone: (405) 522-3696

Fax: (405) 522-3691

Email: DeNitra.DuBose@bbhl.ok.gov

Website: www.ok.gov/behavioralhealth/index.html

License Categories: Licensed Marital and Family Therapist

Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists

3218 Pringle Rd. S.E. Suite 120
Salem, OR 97302-6312

Phone: (503) 378-5499 ext. 4

Fax: (503) 470-6266

Email: lpct.board@state.or.us

Website: www.oregon.gov/OBLPCT

License Categories: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Pennsylvania State Board of SW, MFT and Prof Coun

Department of State Bureau of Professional and Occupational
P.O. Box 2649
Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649

Phone: (717) 783-1389

Fax: (717) 787-7769

Email: ST-SOCIALWORK@state.pa.us

Website: www.dos.state.pa.us/professionallicensing

License Categories: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Rhode Island Board Mental Health Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists

Department of Health
Three Capitol Hill, Room 104
Providence, RI 02908

Phone: (401) 222-2828

Fax: (401) 222-1272

Email: jmichel.martineau@health.ri.gov

Website: sos.ri.gov/govdirectory/index.php?page=DetailDeptAgency&eid=236

License Categories: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

South Carolina Board Examiners for Licensure of PC, MFT and Psych-Educ Sp

110 Centerview Dr
Columbia, SC 29210

Phone: (803) 896-4658

Fax: (803) 896-4719

Email: Marlo.Thomas-Koger@llr.sc.gov

Website: www.llr.state.sc.us/pol/counselors

License Categories:

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Intern

South Dakota Board Examiners for Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists

PO Box 340
Pierre, SD 57501

Phone: (605) 224-1721

Fax: (888) 425-3032

Email: sdbce@midwestsolutionssd.com

Website: dss.sd.gov/licensingboards/examiners.aspx

License Categories: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Tennessee Board of Professional Counselors and Marital and Family Therapists

665 Mainstream Dr. Second Floor
Nashville, TN 37243

Phone: (615) 741-5735

Email: tn.health@tn.gov

Website: tn.gov/health/topic/pcmft-board

License Categories: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Texas Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists

Professional Licensing and Certification Dept of State Health Services MC-1982
P.O. Box 149347
Austin, TX 78714-9347

Phone: (512) 834-6657

Fax: (512) 834-6677

Email: mft@dshs.state.tx.us

Website: www.dshs.state.tx.us/mft/

License Categories:

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

Utah Marriage and Family Therapy Board

Div Occupational and Professional License
160 East 300 South
P.O. Box 146741
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-6741

Phone: (801) 530-6628

Fax: (801) 530-6511

Email: dishihara@utah.gov

Website: dopl.utah.gov/licensing/marriage_family_therapy.html

License Categories:

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Marriage and Family Therapist Intern

Virginia Board of Counseling

9960 Maryland Dr. Suite 300
Henrico, VA 23233-1463

Phone: (804) 367-4610

Fax: (804) 527-4435

Email: coun@dhp.virginia.gov

Website: www.dhp.virginia.gov/counseling/default.htm

License Categories: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Vermont Board of Allied Mental Health Practitioners

89 Main Street, 3rd Floor
Montpelier, VT 05620-3402

Phone: (802) 828-2390

Fax: (802) 828-2465

Email: dlafaill@sec.state.vt.us

Website: www.vtprofessionals.org/opr1/allied

License Categories: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Washington State Department of Health

Health Systems Quality Assurance Divisio
P.O. Box 47877
Olympia, WA 98504

Phone: (360) 236-4700

Fax: (360) 236-4818

Email: hsqa.csc@doh.wa.gov

Website: www.aamft.org/walicboard.asp

License Categories: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

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Marriage and Family Therapist Program
PO Box 47877
Olympia, WA 8504-7877

Contact us: 360.236.4700

Wisconsin Examining Bd of SW, MFT and Prof Coun

Bureau Health Service Prof - MFT Section
1400 E. Washington Ave. P.O. Box 8935
Madison, WI 53708-8935

Phone: (608) 266-2112

Email: dsps@wisconsin.gov

Website: drl.wi.gov/profession.asp?profid=24&locid=0

License Categories: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

West Virginia Board of Examiners in Counseling

815 Quarrier Street, Suite 212
Charleston, WV 25301

Phone: (304) 558-5494

Fax: (304) 558-5496

Email: rclay27@msn.com

Website: www.wvbec.org

License Categories: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Wyoming Mental Health Profession Licensing Board

2001 Capitol Ave Room 104
Cheyenne, WY 82002

Phone: (307) 777-3628

Fax: (307) 777-3508

Email: wyomhplb@wyo.gov

Website: mentalhealth.wyo.gov/

License Categories: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

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