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Virginia Board of Counseling
Perimeter Center
9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300
Henrico Virginia 23233-1463

Phone: (804) 367-4610
Fax:(804) 527-4435
Complaints: (800) 533-1560
Automated License Verification: (804) 270-6836

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Growing number of Zika virus cases reported in Virginia

Image of Asian tiger mosquito. Zika. www.ZikaVA.orgPrimarily a mosquito borne disease, the Zika virus is most impactful in warmer seasons when illness can be transmitted by insects carrying the virus from one person to another.  In fact, 15 cases have been reported in the Commonwealth as of May 12, 2016.  Maintaining a keen awareness for the transmission and treatment of Zika virus infection is an imperative for healthcare practitioners.  The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) offers a variety of related information and tools on its website.

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For quick information, consult VDH’s Zika Fact Sheet


Staff is currently reviewing the LPC, LMFT and LSATP applications and registrations that were received in April. If you submitted a complete application or additional documentation prior to April 1st, please email your status request to the board at For applications received on or after April 1st, a status will not be provided as these requests delay the application review process. Please continue to check here for ongoing updates.

Registry of Approved Supervisors for Residents in Counseling

In accordance with § 54.1-3505(8), the Board of Counseling has posted this registry of persons (MS Excel) who meet the requirements for supervision of residents. This list should only be used as a tool to assist with an applicant’s search for a supervisor. Using a supervisor from this list does not guarantee that the applicant meets requirements for residency, nor shall it be interpreted as board-approval to begin a residency.

Please note that the registry is updated every quarter, and license statuses may change between updates. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the licensee has an active, unrestricted license.

Application For Board Approved Professional Counselor Supervisor

Important Notice – New Law Requiring Posting of License

Legislation passed by the 2015 General Assembly requires:
Any person licensed by the Board and operating in a nonhospital setting shall post a copy of his license in a conspicuous place. The posting shall also provide clients with (i) the number of the toll-free complaint line at the Department of Health Professions, (ii) the website address of the Department for the purposes of accessing the licensee's record, and (iii) notice of the client's right to report to the Department if he believes the licensee may have engaged in unethical, fraudulent, or unprofessional conduct.

Please note that the license issued by the Board of Counseling has the required information printed on it, so posting a copy of your license in a conspicuous place (such as in a frame in the reception area or in the room in which you see clients) should satisfy the requirements of the law.

2016 Examination dates can be found here

The Residency Experience

The purpose of the residency period is to train the residents to become fully functioning independent professional counselors. Click here to read more about Couseling Residency.

Licensing Exam Test Scores:  Because some insurance panels are now requiring verification of licensees’ examination scores, a copy of your test results can be obtained by either submitting a written request to the Board office for official verification (with accompanying $25 fee) or by contacting the testing vendor (NBCC) directly at 336-547-0607.

Extension of renewal requirements for deployed military and spouses
Virginia law allows active duty service people or their spouses who are deployed outside the U.S. to have an extension of time for any requirement or fee pertaining to renewal until 60 days after the person’s return from deployment.  The extension cannot last beyond 5 years past the expiration date for the license.  For more information, please read attached policy and contact the applicable board for your license.

Address of record
Section 54.1-2400.02.B of the Code of Virginia requires the Department of Health Professions (DHP) to collect an official address of record from each health professional to be used by DHP for agency purposes. The Code also requires DHP to provide an opportunity for a health professional to provide a second address for the purpose of public dissemination. If there is no second (public) address provided, the official address of record will be used as the public address for the purpose of public dissemination. If the health professional would prefer that his/her address of record remain confidential, then an alternative public address must be provided to DHP. (Note: the License Lookup feature on the DHP public website does not contain the full address. However, public addresses are available by contacting Virginia Interactive Premium Service or the Board.) An individual is not required to submit a place of residence for either the official address of record or the public address. A post office box or a practice location is acceptable.

Changes to either address may be made at the time of renewal or at any time by written notification to the Board. Changes to the address of record may also be made at any time by accessing your licensure information through the online system. Any change that is made to one of the addresses does not automatically update the other address. Address information should be kept current for the address of record and the public address (if different from the address of record) at all times.

Online Licensing - Licensees can now renew a license, change an address and request a duplicate license online. Rehabilitation Provider license types can now renew online.

Continuing Competency requirements apply only to Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists, and Licensed Substance Abuse Treatment Practitioners.

Duty to Report Adult Abuse, Neglect or ExploitationMore information...
The Adult Protective Services Program at the Virginia Department of Social Services is pleased to announce the availability of a new online educational opportunity for mandated reporters of abuse, neglect and exploitation of older or incapacitated individuals. This online training course has been developed for, and with the assistance of, mandated reporters and APS professionals to assist mandated reporters in understanding adult abuse and their responsibilities as mandated reporters. Read More...(word .doc)

Laws & Regulations

Keep in the know about important laws and regulations:
Laws and Regulations Governing Counseling

Laws Governing All Health Professions

Forms and Applications

Download the available forms and applications from the Virginia Board of Counseling.

Examination Information

View examination information and dates for Licensed Professional Counselor applicants and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist applicants.

Regulated Professions

List of the Professions regulated by the Board.


Board of Counseling Calendar

View the Board of Counseling Calendar of upcoming Board meetings and minutes from past Board meetings.
View the current Members of the Board of Counseling

Guidance Documents

View and download the list of available guidance documents from the Virginia Board of Counseling. These documents provide information or guidance to the public to interpret or implement statutes or the agency's rules or regulations.

Regulatory Town Hall

The Virginia Department of Planning & Budget has designed a Regulatory Town Hall for anyone interested in the proposal of regulations or meetings of regulatory boards.

Frequently Asked Continuing Competency Questions

Find the answers to common questions here.