Washington Mental Health Counselors Association (WMHCA) is the professional organization working exclusively to meet the needs of Licensed Mental Health Counselors in Washington State.  

WMHCA is chartered through the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA), our national professional organization.

Our mission is to promote quality mental health counseling services, maintain a viable and distinct professional identity, and influence public policy consistent with our professional ethics and values.

WMHCA performs its mission by working with other professional organizations, the state legislature, state regulatory agencies, insurance companies and consumers to promote quality in mental health counseling practices.  We maintain standing committees whose focus is to safeguard and advocate for Licensed Mental Health Counselors and their clients.

The Purpose of WMHCA:

  • Promote and maintain the profession of mental health counseling by stressing high levels of ethical and professional practice

  • Promote legislation and administrative rules that recognize and advance the profession of mental health counseling.

  • Foster cooperation among mental health providers to improve care and services to clients.

  • Position the profession favorably in the healthcare market through marketing and education.

  • Encourage the next generation of mental health counselors by supporting the transition from graduate school to professional life.

  • Provide advocacy with insurance companies for contract language that protects licensed mental health counselors and their clients.

  • Provide educational programs that enhance knowledge and promote continuing professional growth.

  • Provide opportunities for connection and networking among its members for professional development.

Disclaimer: WMHCA does not endorse products or services, including products and services advertised in its publications or on its website, unless explicitly so stated in the advertisement itself.  Nor does WMHCA endorse opinions or confirm authenticity of statements contained in material submitted for publication.  And also, the selection of a venue by WMHCA to hold meetings or host workshops reflects only the suitability of the facility for that purpose, nothing more.