West Virginia Board of Examiners in Counseling

304-558-5494

815 Quarrier Street, Suite 212
Charleston, WV 25301

All About WVBEC

About WVBEC in West Virginia

The West Virginia Board of Examiners in Counseling is the licensing and regulatory authority for professional counselors in West Virginia. The Board’s primary mission is to enforce licensure rules and ethical standards for professional counselors and therapists to protect and promote public health and welfare. This Board evaluates applicants for professional counselor and therapist licensure, issues professional counselor and therapists licenses, annually renews professional counselors and therapists licenses, grants approval for Approved Licensed Professional Supervisors (ALPS), approves continuing education providers and programs, receives and investigates consumer complaints regarding professional counselors and therapists, and levels disciplinary actions against professional counselors and therapists who are found to have violated state law or rules relating to the professional counselor license.
The Board of Examiners in Counseling was created by Acts, Chapter 138, Regular Session, 1986. The Board consists of seven members appointed by the Governor. The members include two counselor educators engaged in teaching counseling at an accredited institution of higher education, three practicing counselors, one practicing marriage and family therapist, and one individual that represents the public.

2022 Board Meeting Dates

  • February 11, 2022
  • April 8, 2022 
  • May 20, 2022
  • August 12, 2022
  • October 14, 2022
  • December 2, 2022 
Please note, if you wish to submit documents for Board review, the deadline is ten (10) business days before the scheduled meeting date.
Formal and electronic meetings begin at 10:00 a.m. and are typically held at the Board office located in Charleston, WV. To confirm the meeting information, please call 304-558-5494 thirty (30) days prior to the scheduled meeting date.
Purpose of Board meetings: To approve licensure of professional counselors and marriage and family therapists, review disciplinary matters and the Board’s fiscal status, approve previous meeting minutes and to discuss other business pertinent to the Board. Portions of the meeting that discuss complaints and disciplinary actions are closed to the public. Meeting agendas are available three (3) business days before the meeting; please contact the Board office for access.

Credentialing Committee Meetings

File materials presented at the Credentialing Committee meetings must be received in the Board office ten (10) business days before the scheduled meeting date.

Please allow seven (7) to ten (10) business days following the official Board meeting to receive notification of the Board’s approvals and or findings.

For more information, please review the information provided in “Becoming a Licensed Counselor or Therapist” tab.

Telehealth Registration

The West Virginia Board of Examiners in Counseling (WVBEC) is authorized to issue Interstate Registrations to eligible Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs) and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFTs), who seek to provide telehealth services to patients located in the state of West Virginia. An Interstate Telehealth Registration is NOT a license to practice in the state; it only authorizes the registrant to provide telehealth services in the state of West Virginia. Telehealth registrants may not operate or work in a brick-and-mortar practice located in the state of West Virginia. You may access the Telehealth Registration form here.

Board Minutes