Welcome to the official website of the New Hampshire Mental Health Counselors Association.  The site is loaded with great information for New Hampshire Mental Health Counseling Association members, non-member mental health professionals, and members of the general public.  It is our goal to continue to build and expand the site as time goes on and as we collect feedback that helps us improve its look, feel, and content.    

We are proud to be a state chapter of the 
           American Mental Health Counselors' Association.                       

   President's Message   

Welcome to the New Hampshire Mental Health Counselors Association (NHMHCA) website.  I am both honored and excited to have the opportunity to serve as President and continue to represent the interests of mental health counselors in New Hampshire.   As a state chapter of the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) and in accordance with our vision and mission, NHMHCA’S board of directors is committed to continuing to provide a voice for our profession and to advocate for consumers of mental health services. 

I am pleased to announce that we have made great progress on our goals over the past years and I am looking forward to collaborating with the many volunteers who work tirelessly to promote and support the professionalism of and collaboration among mental health counselors in New Hampshire. 

During our annual leadership retreat in August 2014, in an effort to better serve and represent mental health counselors in New Hampshire, several goals were identified for the upcoming year.  These goals included pursuing and hiring an Executive Director in order to expand NHMHCA’s presence and leadership beyond the capacity of the volunteer board, as well as increasing our overall membership and enhancing membership benefits.  

As we head into a new year, we are hopeful that others will consider increasing their involvement with the organization, as serving on the board is both a positive and rewarding experience.

Christine Lavoie Psy.D, LCMHC, NCC



Click here for the full Job Description For Executive Director


 Get Involved 

There is no better way for you to stay current than to join your state's professional organization.

Click here to Join NHMHCA

Affordable Membership Dues: $75

  • Promote you business - membership includes listing in the  Online "Find a Counselor" Directory.  You'll find your name in NHMHCA's membership directory, which is made available to state agencies, hospitals, clinics, social services providers and other referral sources!
  • Need Guidance? Membership offers statewide advocacy for
    Mental Health Perofessionals and links at the national level.
  • Need help with licensing? We have mentoring and info on the licensing process!
  • We'll help you get connected by reaching out to students in graduate programs in the area who are studying mental health counseling and psychology.
  • Keep up to date in your field: We offer legislative updates, initiatives and advocacy regarding issues that pertain to counselors, including parity and vendorship.
  • Struggling with managed care?  We have info on that too!
  • Need to know more about your potential clients?  We can help you with consumer education and information.
  • Want access to NHMHCA's quarterly newsletter, The Collaborator?  You'll get it free with your membership!
  • Tired of paying large insurance premiums?  With your membership, you get reduced premiums through CPH Insurance Agency.
  • CEU Courses too expensive?  We offer several wonderful workshops each year with a reduced tuition rate for members.
  • Want to be more connected with other professionals?  You'll be a liaison to the NH Mental Health Coalition and the NH Board of Mental Health Practice.
  • Want to be more involved in the association as a chairperson on the NHMHCA Board of Directors or as a member of a committee?  We'd love to have you get involved. Contact a Board member to find out how.

 Upcoming Events 

April 17, 2014 from 9:00 am-4:00 pm

Spring Workshop:

The Human-Animal Bond
with Jerilee Zezula

(6 CEUs available)

Portsmouth Courtyard by Marriott
1000 Market Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Handicap accessible

Friday, May 1st     Mentoring & Maple Syrup

All Members are invited to attend a free breakfast meeting for the Mentoring Program! This event brings together students, pre-licensed members, and licensed members to help new counselors navigate their professional development. It is a great opportunity to ask questions, share stories, and meet other professionals. 

Our meeting will be held on Friday, May 1st, 9:00-10:00 am at the Roundabout Diner on the Portsmouth traffic circle, convenient to interstate 95 and route 101. Breakfast is free to all members. Please RSVP at our website www.nhmhca.org. Questions? Contact Sara Sullivan, Mentoring Chair, at (603) 801-8358. See you May 1st! 

New Opportunities    

A new Office To Rent ad has been placed in the Online Collaborator

(more information)

 Save the Date!  

Friday, June 12, 2015
Summer Workshop/Annual Meeting topic:
Ethics in Social Media with Kelli Fox
The Puritan Backroom, 245 Hooksett Rd.,
Manchester, NH ( 6 Ethics CEU’s available)

Next Board Meeting (more information)

  Legislative Alerts  

There are two bills working their way through the state legislature.  As you read this one or both may be making its way to the Governor’s desk – we can’t know the speed of the process, but we thought our membership should be aware of these bills.  HB1442 establishes mental health Courts.  On the surface this seems like a good thing and it has been used in other states, but the way our version is written, it protects the accused by allowing their record to be expunged should they meet the requirements of the court.  In other words, no matter the issue, even if it is a violation that might make us concerned should the accused later decide to become a counselor, there would be no reason for the person to divulge their past indiscretions.  Spousal abuse, child abuse or what have you would all be hidden from the licensing board.  Consider what this means.  The fire department might hire someone who in the past had set fires.  The police force, behavioral health fields, educational facilities and more would all be at risk of hiring a person who has a problematic history.  Don’t you want to know about the people teaching your children?  We believe HB1442 is a problem because it may protect the accused at the expense of the public.  http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2014/HB1442.html  

SB0270 is interesting in that it probably won’t have much effect, but the makeup of the board is a concern for us.  The bill states “This bill establishes a commission to study mental health implementation in New Hampshire.”  But those doing the studying are as follows:  (1) Two members of the senate, appointed by the president of the senate; (2) Two members of the house of representatives, appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives; (3) The chief executive officer of the New Hampshire hospital, or designee; (4) The commissioner of the department of corrections, or designee; (5) A public member with a mental illness, appointed by the governor.  Do you notice something missing?  There is no requirement for a behavioral health professional to be included in the study.  We also think number 5 is problematic.  Ethically we wonder how they will protect the identity of the  public member with a mental illness.  http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2014/SB0270.html 


You may read the full text of this legislation by selecting the provided links.  Then you may consider writing to your representative.


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 Who are Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors? 

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors are skilled professionals, educated at a Master's degree level or beyond, who provide personalized, evidence-based therapy to people with mental and/or emotional distress. Our understanding of human nature and psychology utilizes a practical, problem-solving approach that facilitates a dynamic and efficient path for change and problem resolution. We are committed to professional ethical standards and respect the dignity and di
verse cultural background of all those who seek our care.