ACA Press Room

Media Inquiries

ACA welcomes media inquiries from journalists and reporters. To connect with experts in professional counseling and to gain official perspective and position from ACA on industry standards, trends and news, please contact:




About ACA

The American Counseling Association (ACA) is a not-for-profit, professional and educational organization dedicated to the growth and advancement of the counseling profession. Founded in 1952, ACA is the world's largest association exclusively representing professional counselors in various practice settings.

Our mission is to enhance the quality of life in society by promoting the development of professional counselors, advancing the counseling profession, and using the profession and practice of counseling to promote respect for human dignity and diversity.

What is a Professional Counselor?

Professional counseling is a therapeutic relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals. Common specialties within professional counseling include mental health counseling, school counseling, career counseling, addictions counseling, and couples and family counseling.

Many counselors are specifically trained to support individuals or groups in the aftermath of natural or man-made disasters. Professional counselors abide by ACA’s Code of Ethics.

Learn more about the role of licensed professional counselors, the benefits of counseling and more.

What Is a Counselor?

Latest News

Connect with ACA


Connect with Counseling Today, ACA award-winning monthly magazine