Therapy Licensing for Oregon, Washington & Florida
You may think that telehealth allows you to see any clinician anywhere. This makes logical sense. You are on video. Your therapist is on video. Why would it matter where you are located?
It does matter where you are located. Legally you need to be in the state where the therapist is licensed.
When I had an office where people came to see me in person, we were all located in the same place. It was never an issue. Easy peasy, it was not an issue. People came in or cancelled. We didn’t typically just switch venues to video or phone because of a cancellation.
Telehealth changes everything because you and the therapist can be located anywhere. Yet legally, your therapist needs to be licensed in the state where you are in when you are having the session. I will state psychologists may be able to cross state lines. Other types of mental health practitioners are trying to gain access to be able to cross state lines with the change to video sessions. That is not yet the case.
As an LCSW, I am licensed in Oregon and Washington State. I am also able to practice in Florida. Some states have an easier system to be able to get a temporary license or to get permission to provide therapy to people in their state. Other states require you to go through more paperwork as if you were getting licensed.
This is something to consider when thinking about seeing a clinician.
Take care, Caroline
If you have more questions about Oregon, Washington or Florida state therapy licensing, contact me or make an appointment.