Marcus Bachmann is not a certified therapist in Minnesota
Legally, he doesn’t need to be. Minnesota, as this article from Politico says, is one of the few states where a license isn’t required for mental health counseling.
Already, his clinic has come under fire for taking Medicaid payments, but there are more questions surrounding the Christian-centric therapy. Among them are Marcus Bachmann’s credentials: He is not registered with any of the three boards that certify mental health practitioners and professions in the state. The Minnesota Board of Psychology and the Board of Marriage and Family Therapy confirmed to POLITICO that Bachmann is not licensed with them. And a search of the Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy license database returns no result.
Trisha Stark, of the Minnesota Psychological Association, said that the title “clinical therapist” is not widely used in professional circles and that Bachmann is able to operate his clinic because of state rules regarding mental health practice.
“Minnesota is one of the only states in which you can practice mental health without a license,” Stark said.
How much do you want to bet that some right winger would start bleating about how this is an “attack” similar to the one against Joe The Plumber?
“OH JUST BECAUSE HE’S NOT LICENSED DOESN’T MEAN HE’S NOT A REAL THERAPIST!!!”