Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist


What is an LMFT?

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists are recognized and regulated mental health service providers in California.  A valid state license is required to provide therapeutic services and to use the title. Educational standards, supervision requirements, standards of practice, and ethical requirements are conducted by the California Board of Behavioral Science (BBS).   The California LMFT licensing requirements reflect relatively high standards of preparation and are among the most stringent in the country (for similar licensure).

Before an MFT can be granted a license to practice as an LMFT, they must complete a minimum of 3,000 hours of supervised counseling; even before they can sit for California’s state licensing examination.   In order to qualify to sit for the licensing examination, MFTs in training are also required to have extensive, clinical experience working with individuals, couples, and families.    Their specialized training includes education about individual, couple, and family dynamics.  They are also required to master specific practical skills which are designed to help clients attain their goals.