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Who We Are

The Virginia Board of Counseling consists of a 12-member Board, a Regulatory Board, an Advisory Board on Art Therapy, as well as administrative, enforcement, licensing, and support staff.

What We Do

We license, certify or register: Certified Rehabilitation Providers, Certified Substance Abuse Counselors, Certified Substance Abuse Counseling Assistants, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, License Professional Counselors, Licensed Substance Abuse Treatment Practitioners, Qualified Mental Health Professionals, Registered Peer Recovery Specialists, Residents in Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy and Substance Abuse Treatment

License Lookup

License Lookup

Lookup or verify a Virginia license.

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Supervisor Information

 Information about the Supervision process for Residents. 


License Handbook

Learn about the licensure process for the Board of Counseling

Apply for License

Recent graduates, professionals licensed outside of Virginia, and those wanting to reinstate licenses.

Laws and Regulations

Review state laws and regulations that apply to health professionals.

Guidance Documents

Guidance Documents

Read documents which provide information or guidance to providers and the public. 

Renew License

Health Professionals who are licensed in Virginia can renew their licenses online.

File a Complaint

The Department of Health Professions investigates complaints about Virginia healthcare practitioners who may have violated a regulation or law.

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Case Decisions

Recent case decisions by the Board.

Please Note: The Counseling Compact offers eligible licensed professional counselors a new method for providing services in other member states. If you are interested in learning more about the Counseling Compact, including information about meetings, rulemaking, and any rules open for public comment, please use the following link:

Featured News

Board of Counseling News

Board of Counseling Changes Effective July 1, 2024

In efforts to increase access to care, the following laws passed the 2024 General Assembly and were approved by the Governor.


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Update to the application process

To expedite the processing of new ONLINE applications for licensure or registration, applicants can now upload the required supporting documents.



Upcoming Events

More information on the Counseling Calendar Page.

Important Information For Active Duty Service Members, Veterans & Military Spouses
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Virginia Board of Counseling
Jaime Hoyle, Executive Director
Gerard Lawson, Ph.D., LPC, LSATP, Chairperson