The Maine Mental Health Counselors Association

About Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors - (LCPCs)

*Click HERE for our code of ethics.

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) is the license given by the state of Maine to a unique group of mental health professionals. We are not Psychiatrists, Psychologists, or Social Workers. We are, proudly, Mental Health Counselors.

Mental Health Counselors offer a full range of services, including:

  • Assessment and diagnosis
  • Treatment planning
  • Psychotherapy
  • Brief and solution-focused therapy
  • Alcoholism and substance abuse treatment
  • Psychoeducational and prevention programs
  • Crisis management

Members of all the aforementioned professions can and do offer such services. Mental Health Counseling, however, is the only profession whose primary purpose is to offer these services.

This is reflected in our Education and Training requirements. Counselor education is aimed at one thing: To assist the emerging professional to become an outstanding psychotherapist. Counselor training time isn’t taken up with medication management (Psychiatry), the conduct of research (Psychology), or advocacy & public policy (Social Work). These are very fine things, but they aren’t psychotherapy. Counselor preparation remains focused on psychotherapeutic competence.

In addition, a Counseling education imbues the professional with a particular philosophy of helping that can be quite different from that of other professions. While fully competent in contemporary diagnostic and treatment methods, Mental Health Counselors have simultaneously maintained their humanistic roots: Counselors tend to take a holistic, non-pathologizing, and collaborative stance in their work with the people we serve.

Like every profession, Mental Health Counseling also has its own standards of practice, code of ethics, journals, national exams, etc. All of these are to support our profession in offering you the highest quality mental health care available. 

*For information on education and training requirements for LCPCs in the State of Maine, or to renew your LCPC licensure, please go to Board of Professional and Financial Regulation or call (207) 624-8674.