Tony Onorato


Professional Experience

Historically, our profession has been a small fish in a big pond.  We have not been involved in national policy decisions to any significant degree.  We are not consulted as a key contributor to the mental health and substance use crises.  In fact, our voice is hardly heard in shaping the counseling profession.  That said, the counseling field and the whole healthcare world is in flux.   This scramble creates a huge opportunity for AMHCA to be the tip of the spear, leading our profession to heights that the status quo would never allow. 

The only way for AMHCA to be the trailblazer in the profession’s evolution is if it can articulate a compelling vision that connects across sectors.  For the Association to assume a strong, proactive role, it will need to develop a structure that aligns the National Board and all its State Chapters so it can act in a powerful, synergistic way.  A unified AMHCA clears the path to forge strategic alliances from a position of strength, allowing CMHC’s to speak with one, elevated voice.

If a forward-looking, innovative platform is attractive to you, then I promise – I will be that voice on the AMHCA Board – and I would appreciate your vote. 

  • Own and operate a small group practice in Morgantown, WV for the last 21 years.
  • Current board member of the West Virginia Board of Examiners in Counseling
  • 2018 - Attended NBCC sponsored State Licensure Board Meeting  

Association Experience

  • West Virginia Licensed Professional Counselors Association
    • I have been a Board of the off and on over the last 20 years. 
    • President 2006-2007
    • Current President-Elect  
    • Association member for approximately 12 years
    • 2016; C0-Presented at AMHCA Leadership Conference in New Orleans with Guy Gage, MA, LPC
    • 2016-2017; Chaired the Ad-Hoc 21st Century Committee
    • 2016-2017; Co-Recipient of Professional Service and Leadership to a Chapter Award with Guy Gage, MA, LPC
    • 2018-Present; serve on the State Chapter Resource Development Committee