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Because of the religious aspect of pastoral counseling persons engaged in that practice are exempt from the licensing requirements pertaining to other professional counseling fields. As a consequence the state does not and can not prohibit you from engaging in the practice of Pastoral Christian Counseling.
Here is a link to the Georgia Law that requires a license to engage in couseling. Please note the following sections that exempt persons from the license requirement where they are:
(9) Active members of the clergy but only when the practice of their specialty is in the course of
their service as clergy;
(10) Members of religious ministries responsible to their established ecclesiastical authority who
possess a master's degree or its equivalent in theological studies;
(11) Persons engaged in the practice of a specialty in accordance with Biblical doctrine in public
or nonprofit agencies or entities or in private practice;
So long as you fit into one of the above three exceptions you may practice without a license or authorization from the state.
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