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Any British mental health professionals moved to the US?

Old Jun 18th 2019, 1:11 pm
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Hello all,

Have any practising mental health professionals relocated to the US and had their qualifications recognised? Whether you're a psychologist, counsellor, CBT/DBT therapist etc?

If so I'd really appreciate any advice - I'm having a hard time finding any information on Google and various licensing boards in different states have been no help at all!

Thank you!

Edit: Sorry forgot to add - I'm actually an American citizen who's lived/worked in the UK for a number of years, so I wouldn't have any trouble moving back visa-wise.

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Old Jun 18th 2019, 1:21 pm
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Generally non-US medical qualifications are not recognized in the US and you will have, as a minimum, to take licensing exams to get the equivalent US licenses/ certifications. You may also have to complete the related supervised practical training, if the license requires that. ..... A friend of my family was a fully qualified and experienced anesthesiologist who came to the US with her husband, but had to complete several rounds of exams to re-qualify, and then complete, IIRC, a four year residency as if she was a newly qualified doctor.

Licensing exams are state-specific, but can be recognized/re-registered in other states once you are qualified.
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Old Jun 18th 2019, 1:27 pm
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Generally non-US medical qualifications are not recognized in the US and you will have, as a minimum, to take licensing exams to get the equivalent US licenses/ certifications. You may also have to complete the related supervised practical training, if the license requires that. ..... A friend of my family was a fully qualified and experienced anesthesiologist who came to the US with her husband, but had to complete several rounds of exams to re-qualify, and then complete, IIRC, a four year residency as if she was a newly qualified doctor.

Licensing exams are state-specific, but can be recognized/re-registered in other states once you are qualified.
Thanks for that! Must have been very frustrating for your friend.

I'm not too worried about having to take licensing exams, I think I'm more worried about the prospect of potentially having to complete another graduate degree Particularly as I think the UK degree likely prepared me MORE for practising therapy than the US degree would have done, but hey ho.

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This is usally a State issue so would be very dependent on where you will be moving to, I would consult with the licensing bodies as to what you need.
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