Obtaining a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology is the first of the requirements necessary for becoming a licensed therapist. Once you have obtained the degree, you must also obtain a minimum number of practice hours before you can take the licensing examinations.
There are two options for licensure: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). In California, both of these licenses are administered by the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS).
For information on the requirements for becoming a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, please visit the BBS website and read, “Navigating the LMFT Licensing Process“.
For information on the requirements for becoming a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, you can also visit the BBS website or you can go to the California Association of Licensed Professional Counselors at http://calpcc.org/.