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Why Choose a National Certified Counselor
Choosing a mental health professional for yourself or a family member is an important decision. National Certified Counselors (NCCs) are master’s-level (or higher) mental health professionals who have voluntarily met high national standards in education and experience, and have passed a rigorous examination.
Look for the NCC or National Certified Counselor certification mark, an indicator of qualification and commitment in a professional counselor.
Why Should You Choose an NCC?
- The NCC certification is a voluntary certification that goes beyond the legal requirements for licensure NCCs have shown their dedication to their profession and to providing the best services possible.
- NCCs are held to an enforceable Code of Ethics, which delineates ethical counseling practice. NBCC provides an established process for dealing with concerns and taking disciplinary actions. Learn more about the importance of ethics in counseling.
- NCCs must complete regular continuing education in order to maintain their certification. This ensures that NCCs are up to date on developments and best practices in the profession, so that they can provide you with high-quality services.
- NCCs can show their areas of expertise with NBCC specialty certifications: the Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC), Master Addictions Counselor (MAC) and National Certified School Counselor (NCSC). These certifications show that a counselor has met national standards for a specialty practice, including additional education and experience requirements and a specialty examination.