Current State Licensing Requirements 

In addition to rigorous academic and clinical training art therapists pursue further credentialing, administered on the national level by the Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB). Depending on the state of practice, art therapists may need to attain additional licensure in art therapy or a related mental health field. A Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) should be obtained for any state that does not currently have an Art Therapy specific license. 

Requirements for professional licensure can vary by state and can change without notice. All prospective students should consult the state licensing body in the state in which they reside or seek to be licensed to ensure that the degree they earn will meet requirements for licensure in that state. Students should refer to their state licensing body for further information. The information provided below has been adapted from the documentation that can also be found on the Art Therapy Credentials Board and the American Art Therapy Association websites. 

The following is a list of possible licensure abbreviations:

  • CC: Certified Counselor
  • LCMHC: Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor
  • LCPC: Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
  • LIMHP-LPC: Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner-License Professional Counselor
  • LMHC: Licensed Mental Health Counselor
  • LMHP-LPC: Licensed Mental Health Practitioner-License Professional Counselor
  • LPC: Licensed Professional Counselor
  • LPCC: Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
  • LPCC-S: Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with Training Supervision Designation
  • LPCMH: Licensed Professional Counselor of Mental Health

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia

Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland

Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey

New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina

South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
Washington, D.C.
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

Alabama

Does EVMS meet Minimum Qualifications for State Licensure?

Yes. The LPC regulates counseling and therapy which may include the practice of art therapy in this state.

Alabama State Licensure

Date of Last Revision: February 2022 

Alaska

Does EVMS meet Minimum Qualifications for State Licensure?
Yes. The LPC regulates counseling and therapy which may include the practice of art therapy in this state.

Alaska State Licensure

Date of Last Revision: February 2022

Arizona

Does EVMS meet Minimum Qualifications for State Licensure?
No. 

Arizona State Licensure

Date of Last Revision: February 2022

Arkansas

Does EVMS meet Minimum Qualifications for State Licensure?
Yes. The LPC regulates counseling and therapy which may include the practice of art therapy in this state.

Arkansas State Licensure

Date of Last Revision: February 2022

California

Does EVMS meet Minimum Qualifications for State Licensure?
Yes. The LPCC regulates counseling and therapy which may include the practice of art therapy in this state.

California State Licensure

Date of Last Revision: February 2022

Colorado

Does EVMS meet Minimum Qualifications for State Licensure?
Yes. The LPC regulates counseling and therapy which may include the practice of art therapy in this state.

Colorado State Licensure

Date of Last Revision: February 2022

Connecticut

Does EVMS meet Minimum Qualifications for State Licensure?
Yes. The practice of art therapy is regulated with professional art therapy licenses in this state. 

Connecticut State Licensure

Date of Last Revision: February 2022

Delaware

Does EVMS meet Minimum Qualifications for State Licensure?
Yes. The practice of art therapy is regulated with professional art therapy licenses in this state.

Delaware State Licensure

Date of Last Revision: February 2022

Florida

Does EVMS meet Minimum Qualifications for State Licensure?
Yes. The LMHC regulates counseling and therapy which may include the practice of art therapy in this state.

Florida State Licensure

Date of Last Revision: February 2022

Georgia

Does EVMS meet Minimum Qualifications for State Licensure?
Yes. The LPC regulates counseling and therapy which may include the practice of art therapy in this state.

Georgia State Licensure

Date of Last Revision: February 2022

Hawaii

Does EVMS meet Minimum Qualifications for State Licensure?
Yes. The LMHC regulates counseling and therapy which may include the practice of art therapy in this state.

Hawaii State Licensure

Date of Last Revision: February 2022

Idaho

Does EVMS meet Minimum Qualifications for State Licensure?
Yes. The LCPC regulates counseling and therapy which may include the practice of art therapy in this state.

Idaho State Licensure

Date of Last Revision: February 2022

Illinois

Does EVMS meet Minimum Qualifications for State Licensure?
Yes. The LCPC regulates counseling and therapy which may include the practice of art therapy in this state.

Illinois State Licensure

Date of Last Revision: February 2022

Indiana

Does EVMS meet Minimum Qualifications for State Licensure?
Yes. The LMHC regulates counseling and therapy which may include the practice of art therapy in this state.

Indiana State Licensure

Date of Last Revision: February 2022

Iowa

Does EVMS meet Minimum Qualifications for State Licensure?
Yes. The LMHC regulates counseling and therapy which may include the practice of art therapy in this state.

Iowa State Licensure 

Date of Last Revision: February 2022

Kansas

Does EVMS meet Minimum Qualifications for State Licensure?
Yes. The LPC and LCPC regulates counseling and therapy which may include the practice of art therapy in this state.

Kansas State Licensure

Date of Last Revision: February 2022

Kentucky

Does EVMS meet Minimum Qualifications for State Licensure?
Yes. The practice of art therapy is regulated with professional art therapy licenses in this state.

Kentucky State Licensure

Date of Last Revision: February 2022

Louisiana

Does EVMS meet Minimum Qualifications for State Licensure?
Yes. The LPC regulates counseling and therapy which may include the practice of art therapy in this state.

Louisiana State Licensure

Date of Last Revision: February 2022

Maine

Does EVMS meet Minimum Qualifications for State Licensure?
Yes. The LCPC and LPC regulate counseling and therapy which may include the practice of art therapy in this state.

Maine State Licensure

Date of Last Revision: February 2022

Maryland

Does EVMS meet Minimum Qualifications for State Licensure?
Yes. The practice of art therapy is regulated with professional art therapy licenses in this state.

Maryland State Licensure

Date of Last Revision: February 2022

Massachusetts

Does EVMS meet Minimum Qualifications for State Licensure?
Yes. The LMHC regulates counseling and therapy which may include the practice of art therapy in this state.

Massachusetts State Licensure

Date of Last Revision: February 2022

Michigan

Does EVMS meet Minimum Qualifications for State Licensure?
Yes. The LPC regulates counseling and therapy which may include the practice of art therapy in this state.

Michigan State Licensure

Date of Last Revision: February 2022

Minnesota

Does EVMS meet Minimum Qualifications for State Licensure?
No.

Minnesota State Licensure

Date of Last Revision: February 2022

Mississippi

Does EVMS meet Minimum Qualifications for State Licensure?
Yes. The practice of art therapy is regulated with professional art therapy licenses in this state.

Mississippi State Licensure

Mississippi Regulations Governing Licensure of Professional Art Therapists

Mississippi Steps to Licensure

Date of Last Revision: February 2022

Missouri

Does EVMS meet Minimum Qualifications for State Licensure?
Yes. The LPC regulates counseling and therapy which may include the practice of art therapy in this state.

Missouri State Licensure

Date of Last Revision: February 2022

Montana

Does EVMS meet Minimum Qualifications for State Licensure?
Yes. The LPC regulates counseling and therapy which may include the practice of art therapy in this state.

Montana State Licensure

Date of Last Revision: February 2022

Nebraska

Does EVMS meet Minimum Qualifications for State Licensure?
Yes. The LIMHP-LPC, LMHP-LPC or LMHP regulates counseling and therapy which may include the practice of art therapy in this state.

Nebraska State Licensure

Date of Last Revision: February 2022

Nevada

Does EVMS meet Minimum Qualifications for State Licensure?
Yes. The LCPC regulates counseling and therapy which may include the practice of art therapy in this state.

Nevada State Licensure

Date of Last Revision: February 2022

New Hampshire

Does EVMS meet Minimum Qualifications for State Licensure?
Yes. The LCMHC regulates counseling and therapy which may include the practice of art therapy in this state.

New Hampshire State Licensure

Date of Last Revision: February 2022

New Jersey

Does EVMS meet Minimum Qualifications for State Licensure?
Yes. The practice of art therapy is regulated with professional art therapy licenses in this state.

New Jersey State Licensure

New Jersey Art Therapists Administrative Code

Date of Last Revision: February 2022

New Mexico

Does EVMS meet Minimum Qualifications for State Licensure?
Yes. The practice of art therapy is regulated with professional art therapy licenses in this state.

New Mexico State Licensure

New Mexico Board of Counseling and Therapy Practices

Date of Last Revision: February 2022

New York

Does EVMS meet Minimum Qualifications for State Licensure?
Yes. The practice of art therapy is regulated as a licensed art therapist included in the creative arts therapist license in this state. 

New York State Licensure

Date of Last Revision: February 2022

North Carolina

Does EVMS meet Minimum Qualifications for State Licensure?
Yes. The LCMHC regulates counseling and therapy which may include the practice of art therapy in this state.

North Carolina State Licensure

Date of Last Revision: February 2022

North Dakota

Does EVMS meet Minimum Qualifications for State Licensure?
Yes. The LPCC regulates counseling and therapy which may include the practice of art therapy in this state.

North Dakota State Licensure

Date of Last Revision: February 2022

Ohio

Does EVMS meet Minimum Qualifications for State Licensure?
Yes. The LPCC-S, LPCC, or LPC regulates counseling and therapy which may include the practice of art therapy in this state.

Ohio State Licensure

Date of Last Revision: February 2022

Oklahoma

Does EVMS meet Minimum Qualifications for State Licensure?
Yes. The LPC regulates counseling and therapy which may include the practice of art therapy in this state.

Oklahoma State Licensure

Date of Last Revision: February 2022

Oregon

Does EVMS meet Minimum Qualifications for State Licensure?
Yes. The practice of art therapy is regulated with professional art therapy licenses in this state.

Oregon State Licensure

Date of Last Revision: February 2022

Pennsylvania

Does EVMS meet Minimum Qualifications for State Licensure?
Yes. The practice of art therapy is regulated as a licensed professional counselor with art therapy as a related field in this state. 

Pennsylvania State Licensure

Date of Last Revision: February 2022

Rhode Island

Does EVMS meet Minimum Qualifications for State Licensure?
Yes. The LCMHC regulates counseling and therapy which may include the practice of art therapy in this state.

Rhode Island State Licensure

Date of Last Revision: February 2022

South Carolina

Does EVMS meet Minimum Qualifications for State Licensure?
Yes. The LPC regulates counseling and therapy which may include the practice of art therapy in this state.

South Carolina State Licensure

Date of Last Revision: February 2022

South Dakota

Does EVMS meet Minimum Qualifications for State Licensure?
Yes. The LPC-MH or LPC regulates counseling and therapy which may include the practice of art therapy in this state.

South Dakota State Licensure

Date of Last Revision: February 2022

Tennessee

Does EVMS meet Minimum Qualifications for State Licensure?
Yes. The LPC regulates counseling and therapy which may include the practice of art therapy in this state.

Tennessee State Licensure

Date of Last Revision: February 2022

Texas

Does EVMS meet Minimum Qualifications for State Licensure?
Yes. The practice of art therapy is regulated as a licensed professional counselor with a specialty designation in art therapy in this state. 

Texas State Licensure

Texas Requirements for Art Therapy Specialty Designation

Date of Last Revision: February 2022

Utah

Does EVMS meet Minimum Qualifications for State Licensure?
Yes. The practice of art therapy is regulated as an associate clinical mental health counselor license in this state. 

Utah State Licensure

Date of Last Revision: February 2022

Vermont

Does EVMS meet Minimum Qualifications for State Licensure?
Yes. The LCMHC regulates counseling and therapy which may include the practice of art therapy in this state.

Vermont State Licensure

Date of Last Revision: February 2022

Virginia

Does EVMS meet Minimum Qualifications for State Licensure?
Yes. The LPC regulates counseling and therapy which may include the practice of art therapy in this state.

Virginia State Licensure

Date of Last Revision: February 2022

Washington

Does EVMS meet Minimum Qualifications for State Licensure?
Yes. The LMHC, LMHCA, or CC regulates counseling and therapy which may include the practice of art therapy in this state.

Washington State Licensure

Date of Last Revision: February 2022

Washington, D.C.

Does EVMS meet Minimum Qualifications for State Licensure?
Yes. The LPC regulates counseling and therapy which may include the practice of art therapy in this state.

Washington, D.C. Licensure

Date of Last Revision: February 2022

West Virginia

Does EVMS meet Minimum Qualifications for State Licensure?
Yes. The LPC regulates counseling and therapy which may include the practice of art therapy in this state.

West Virginia State Licensure

Date of Last Revision: February 2022

Wisconsin

Does EVMS meet Minimum Qualifications for State Licensure?
Yes. The practice of art therapy is regulated as a registered art therapist with a license to practice psychotherapy in this state. 

Wisconsin State Licensure

Date of Last Revision: February 2022

Wyoming

Does EVMS meet Minimum Qualifications for State Licensure?
Yes. The LPC regulates counseling and therapy which may include the practice of art therapy in this state.

Wyoming State Licensure

Date of Last Revision: February 2022