Requirements for Remote Mental Health Workers (LCSWs & LMFTs) in Washington
Once you are a licensed social worker or therapist in Washington, you can decide which type of position suits you best whether you live in Seattle, Tacoma, Spokane, Olympia, or elsewhere in the state.
If you want to become a remote LCSW or remote LMFT, there are plenty of full-time and part-time virtual work opportunities available in Washington.
Here’s what you should know before applying for a position as a remote mental health therapist:
Work-from-home therapist: One of the main benefits of working remotely is the opportunity to work for any employer in the state—without a daily commute. As a remote therapist, you must provide the same level of treatment as your on-site colleagues. You’ll use web platforms, your smartphone, mobile applications, and other technology to conduct virtual sessions with clients. Therapists can only treat clients in the state in which they are licensed, so a LCSW or LMFT licensed in Washington must only accept clients from that state.
Skills of successful remote therapists: Remote therapists need excellent technical and communication skills for virtual mental health therapy. Many therapists actually refine their skills by working in person with clients before shifting to teletherapy.
Necessary documentation: An updated resume and professional documentation are critical for mental health professionals. You may need these documents for prospective or current employers.
Additional training: Telemedicine companies often provide training to educate clinicians on how to use relevant technology and platforms, as well as best practices for good webside manner.
Companies hiring remote LCSWs and LMFTs in Washington often post open positions on job posting sites like Indeed, ZipRecruiter, Glassdoor, and LinkedIn, so this is a great place to start looking for virtual therapy work opportunities.