ew Hampshire
 Mental Health Counselors' Association



The New Hampshire Mental Health Counselors' Association (NHMHCA) is a state chapter of the American Mental Health Counselors' Association (AMHCA), and was formed to provide a voice for mental health counselors, while also promoting the profession of mental health counseling in New Hampshire.

New Hampshire Mental Health Counselors’ Association

 Break the Silence


May is recognized, nationwide as Mental Health Awareness Month.  NHMHCA is the New Hampshire State Chapter of the American Mental Health Counselors’ Association (AMHCA).  Together we strive to bring awareness to the community of the ever growing concerns regarding Mental Health and Mental Health Awareness.


Show your support by joining us, wear a green ribbon to show you are

      Breaking the Silence in support of Mental Health and overall well being!

Thank you!

President's Message


Acknowledgement at the state level is always important for Mental Health Counselors.  This Proclamation by Governor Christopher T Sununu represents a growing recognition of our importance to the State of NH.

We wanted to express our appreciation to the Governor and to make sure that our members had an opportunity to view this Proclamation.

Ellen V. A. Papanikolaou, LCMHC

President - NHMHCA

National Mental Health Counseling Week to be Held May 7-13, 2017


The American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) is excited to announce that National Mental Health Counseling Week will be observed May 7-13, 2017 and will focus on Excellence in Practice. Each year AMHCA sponsors this week to shine light on the field of mental health counseling, what it is and how it helps the public.

 What makes a great counselor? How do you know that the tools you are using with your clients are effective? What is counseling and how can a counselor help me? Through a set group of standards and ethics for mental health counselors, AMHCA is dedicated to training and cultivating excellent practitioners. This year we want to break through walls of stigma and show how excellent mental health counselors change lives and improve mental health.

 This national event increases mental health awareness, promotes recognition of state chapters and AMHCA, and supports the mental health counseling profession as a whole. Increasing and promoting mental health education, prevention, and intervention, into our communities and daily life activities, will positively impact personal well-being as well as benefit society.   

 Mental health counseling is provided along a continuum of care from educational and preventative services to diagnosis and treatment, to long term care. Mental health counselors help individuals and families with problem solving; personal, social and career development; decision making; and self-understanding.

As part of this campaign to increase Mental Health Awareness, the NHMHCA is partnering with the AMHCA in a Twitter Campaign to Say Thanks to Counselors!

Hashtag #thankstoacounselor.

If you don’t already have a twitter account, sign up and type in the above hashtag to see the many people who will write in and say thank you to a counselor that has changed their life.

I am placing a challenge to all Clinical Mental Health Counselors!!

Below I have copied a few letters from AMHCA Regional Directors and the Past President.  I would encourage whoever is willing, to write a similar story.

Why I Chose Mental Health Counseling As My Profession”

Tell your story and submit it to me, ellen@novusvitacounseling.com for publication both on our website and the national blog so we can continue to create awareness of Mental Health Counseling and the clients we serve.

Why I Chose Mental Health Counseling As My Profession”

 “Clinical Mental Health Counselors (CMHCs) are an important and crucial profession within the behavioral health workforce in the US and abroad. This profession teaches us to visualize those we help through a lens of whole health, life span development and through the use of holistic treatments. CMHCs are unique in their history and development and as such bring a creative style in how they practice. I’ve found through meeting many ...(Read more)

Our Mission
Our mission is to promote and support professionalism and collaboration among mental health counselors, to educate the public regarding the role and function of clinical mental health counselors and to advocate for the consumers of mental health services. 

Join Us


NHMHCA Fall Series Event

Ethics Workshop

September 8, 2017

Substance Use Disorder Impact and the Law


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

Find out more about the benefits of membership,to join NHMHCA or to renew your yearly membership


The American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) is excited to announce that National Mental Health Counseling Week will be observed May 7-13, 2017 and will focus on Excellence in Practice. (Read More)

Board positions open:
Publications & Public Awareness

Committee positions in:
Media Technology

Next Board Meeting:
May 12th @ Novus Vita Counseling
 in Manchester
All members are welcome! 
Contact Ellen if you 
would like to attend.

April 5, 2017 New Job Opportunity

March 5, 2017 New Job Opportunity

January 14, 2017 New Office Space Posting 

January 6, 2017 Two New Office Spaces Available 

Click here for the full Job Description For Executive Director

Would you like to post an ad for a job, an event, office space, etc.? For information on our word count limits and prices click here.

Calls to Action!

Medicare provider participation 

Who's running DHHS?

CE Requirement Update

NOTICE – CE’s in suicide prevention will be required by all licensees renewing a license that expires after January 1, 2017. (More)
Revised Rules!
The NH Board of Mental Health recently re adopted : Mhp 200, Mhp 300, Mhp 400 and Mhp 500. Most of the revisions were minor, however, the rules list are new and should be reviewed by all licensees. (More)


March 15, 2017 New Ethics Article