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How do I find out a therapist credentials and licensing?

18 Answers
Last Updated: 04/26/2020 at 4:23pm
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Ann Brooks, MSW, LICSW

Clinical Social Work/Therapist

Thank you for your interest! I am a LICSW licensed in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. I’m here to listen and I look forward to working with you.

Top Rated Answers
July 7th, 2016 3:16pm
Check on government/therapy/counselling/psychology association pages. If they are registered, there should be registration number and a profile.
July 22nd, 2016 5:37pm
You can look them up online, as this is public record, on your state's licensing website. If you are already seeing a therapist, you can ask them, as they legally have to provide you this information. Their license should also be visible somewhere in their office and their credentials should be listed behind their name, such as LPC, LCSW, PsyD, or PhD. If you don't feel comfortable with this you can ask the administrative staff at the therapist's office as well.
January 11th, 2018 1:32am
You can look on Psychology today's website. they have all creds listed and you can narrow your search for your needs and insurance.
July 18th, 2016 4:32pm
You can look online to find out their general information and you can also just ask, but usually they have some sort of degree on their wall.
September 8th, 2016 9:54pm
You most of the time cant. Most things are very confidential. But know that whoever youre talking to, its between you and them.
September 9th, 2016 5:12pm
Generally, a therapist will provide you with this if asked. If they have a website, it will often list education, state of licensing, academic honors, and other meaningful information. If they do not, you may have to contact them and ask for this information.
November 19th, 2016 4:12am
Usually most therapists have their degress and what not on their walls in their office to sort of display their success
February 3rd, 2017 1:25pm
Each state has their own requirements for counselors to obtain licensure or certification. Some states have similar requirements while others may be entirely different. Finding those requirements via government websites, sorting through the pages of requirements and deciphering those requirements once found is a tedious has simplified the search process
April 8th, 2017 1:40am
Ask them for it, a medical profession by law if you are their client has to provide you with them if you inquire. I have individuals ask me for mine all the time due to my age.
May 4th, 2017 4:26pm
Depending on which country you live in, you need to find the governing body for the licensing and then look them up on their website. You could also approach your therapist and ask them directly.
July 5th, 2017 1:30am
I usually just ask up front. A therapist should be honest about what training they have had and should be able to explain what they can help you with. If you want to really understand what training they have gone through after finding out what they have, look up the state board they are licensed by and their requirements to become licensed in that state. It was very helpful to me in understanding what a therapist has done and has experience in.
August 4th, 2017 3:33pm
I typically suggest using a search engine (i.e. Google, Bing) to look up registered therapists, counselors, psychologists, and social workers in your area. For example, if you were looking for a therapy in your city, search "registered therapists in _____ (your town name)". This will be a good place to start. You can also contact your family doctor, local hospital or health center and ask them for help finding a therapist to meet your needs.
September 1st, 2017 4:42am
This answer is easy - you ask them :) Really though, you can call the office where the therapist works and ask the receptionist or whoever answers the phone. You can sometimes find the therapist's credentials online; especially if his/her 'clinic' has its own website. But really the easiest way is to just ask him/her when you meet. I was recently transferred to a new-to-me therapist and I asked her lots of things. But things like, what school did you go to? or when did you graduate/how long have you been working in this field? What sort of job did you do before that? ... and important to me at least, What is your specialty? Do you have any 'extra' training, verification, or certificates of learning? I hope this is helpful! :)
December 9th, 2017 4:51am
Typically, this is something that a therapist would have on their website. If they have an office phone number, you could always call and ask.
January 19th, 2019 5:58am
When we go to a hospital nearby then we can find out whether they have a certified theraphist or not , all the theraphista are different when we visit them once or twice then only we come to know if he/she is really helpful and the best for us , so it depends upon individuals perspective and first or initial meetings to find the right theraphist at a hospital or clinic . So the best thing to do is visit a hospital or a mental health clinic and they will let you know the therapist credentials and licensing as it is their duty
April 9th, 2020 1:51am
My personal experience has been by visiting my personal physician or nurse practitioner. They have a list of reputable counselors and psychiatrists who they will be able to provide a referral to if necessary. There are so many counselors out there and the last thing you want to do is to get a hold of one who doesn't meet with your personality. That is why asking your doctor or NP is such a good idea, because they know you and can direct you to a good fit. Congratulations on taking this monumental step and seeking therapy. I wish you the very best on your journey!
April 23rd, 2020 4:10pm
I would recommend looking for therapists/counselors on Psychology Today or a similar site. You can look up reviews, licenses, locations, etc. Something that I have always found very helpful is that you can search what topics they specialize in. This can be anything from anxiety to therapy with college students! Therapists usually also list the insurances they take as well, or if they run any group therapy sessions on certain topics. In the United States, most therapists will be either a LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker), LCPC (Licensed Clinicial Professional Counselor) or a PsyD (Doctorate in Psychology). Some may have other additional titles or certifications in certain topics.
April 26th, 2020 4:23pm
This is a great question. I would encourage you to start by by looking up therapist groups online, credentials for individual therapists should be listed on their websites. If you want any more specific credentials you can call the group by phone and ask if they have more details on their therapists, You will want to pick a therapist who deals with topics that are applicable to you and your situation. Another option would be to ask your regular licensed doctor for referrals to be sure you are dealing with licensed therapists who will give you the best care possible.