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The Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies has the general responsibility of regulating the practice of licensed psychologists, licensed social workers, licensed professional counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists, licensed school psychologist practicing outside the school setting, and unlicensed individuals who practice psychotherapy. All questions and/or complaints should be addressed to: Department of Regulatory Agencies, Mental Health Section, Board of Psychologist Examiners, 1560 Broadway, Suite 1350, Denver, Colorado 80202, (303) 894-7800.

As to the regulatory requirements applicable to mental health professions:  

  • Registered psychotherapist is listed in the State’s database & is authorized by law to practice psychotherapy in Colorado but is not licensed or certified by the state & is not required to satisfy any standardized educational degree, training, experience or testing requirements to obtain this registration.

  • Certified Addiction Counselor I (CAC I) must be a high school graduate, complete required training hours & 1,000 hours of supervised experience.

  • Certified Addiction Counselor II (CAC II) must complete additional required training hours & 2,000 hours of supervised experience.

  • Certified Addiction Counselor III (CAC III) must have a bachelor’s degree in behavioral health, complete additional required training hours and 2,000 hours of supervised experience.

  • Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC) must have a clinical Master’s degree & meet the CAC III requirements

  • Licensed Social Worker must hold a Master’s degree in social work

  • Psychologist Candidate, a Marriage & Family Therapist Candidate, & a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate must hold the necessary licensing degree & be in the process of completing the required supervision for licensure.

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, & a Licensed Professional Counselor must hold a Master’s degree in their profession & have two years of post-masters supervision

  • A Licensed Psychologist must hold a doctorate degree in psychology & have one year of post-doctoral supervision

Information about your therapist’s training, licenses and credentials is available on the Jimini Health website. Also, please note that Colorado allows therapists licensed in other states to provide psychotherapy services in the State of Colorado - such an individual will be listed in the state’s database and is permitted by law to provide services in the state but is not subject to the education or testing criteria listed above. 

You are entitled to receive information from your therapist about the methods of therapy, the techniques used, the duration of your therapy (if known), and the fee structure. You can seek a second opinion from another therapist or terminate therapy at any time. 

In a professional relationship, sexual intimacy is never appropriate & should be reported to the board that licenses, registers, or certifies the licensee, registrant or certificate holder. If sexual intimacy occurs, it should be reported to the Department of Regulatory Agencies, Mental Health Section at (303) 894-7766 or

Generally speaking, the information provided by and to you during therapy sessions is legally confidential and cannot be released without your consent. There are exceptions to this confidentiality, some of which are listed in section 12-43-218 of the Colorado Revised Statutes, and the HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices you were provided as well as other exceptions in Colorado & Federal Law.  

Your psychotherapy records will be maintained for a period of seven (7) years as required by Colorado law (CO Code 12-245-226(1)(a)(II)(A)), but may be destroyed after such time. 

The following are exceptions to the legal rule of confidentiality:

  • You sign a release of information form giving permission for the therapist to provide specified information about your treatment to a particular individual or agency.

  • The therapist reasonably suspects or has proof of child abuse and/or neglect.

  • The therapist reasonably suspects or has proof of abuse, neglect, and/or exploitation of elderly or disabled individuals.

  • You are in imminent danger of harming yourself and/or others, including those identifiable by their association with a specific location or entity. In this situation, your primary therapist is required to disclose such information to the appropriate authorities or to warn the party, location, or entity you have threatened.

  • Therapist testimony is subpoenaed in criminal court cases and orders to violate privilege by judges in child-custody, divorce, and other court cases.

  • You file a suit or grievance against the therapist.

  • The therapist is being reviewed by the Mental Health Section of the Division of Registrations.

If a legal exception arises during therapy, if feasible, you will be informed accordingly.  The Mental Health Practice Act (CRS 12-43-101, et seq.) is available at:

I have read the preceding information, and I understand my rights as a client or as the client’s responsible party.

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