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Ph.D. in CounseLing Psychology

Counseling psychology, as a psychological specialty, facilitates personal and interpersonal functioning across the lifespan with a focus on emotional, social, vocational, educational, health-related, developmental, and organizational concerns. Through the integration of theory, research, and practice and with a sensitivity to multicultural issues, this specialty encompasses a broad range of practices that help people improve their well-being, alleviate distress and maladjustment, resolve crises, and increase their ability to live more highly functioning lives. Counseling psychology is unique in its attention to both normal developmental issues and to problems associated with physical, emotional, and mental disorders.

Populations served by counseling psychologists include people of all ages and cultural backgrounds. Examples include late adolescents or adults with career/educational concerns and children or adults facing severe personal difficulties. Counseling psychologists also consult with organizations seeking to enhance their effectiveness or the well-being of their members.  Counseling psychologists adhere to the standards and ethics established by the APA.

The doctoral program is approved and designated by the National Register of Health Service Psychologists. See:

The doctoral program is fully accredited by the  American Psychological Association to provide doctoral level training in counseling psychology. The next accreditation site visit will occur in 2021. For more information, please contact:

american psychological association

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First Street NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Phone: 202-336-5979
Fax: 202-336-5978

Licensure in Counseling Psychology

If you wish to pursue licensure as a counseling psychologist, it is important to know that most states require a degree from a program accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA), such as our program here at WVU. Please check with the licensing body in any state(s) where you intend to practice. Also, visit the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) website for more information.