Counseling Today

Writing guidelines for CT Online

April 5, 2022

Who can submit an article?

Any mental health professional can submit an article for CT Online.

What kind of articles do we publish?

We publish mental health articles, including news articles, case studies, how-to articles, columns and public-facing pieces, that offer practical advice and personal experiences about mental health and the profession of counseling. The article length can range from 700 to 2,500 words.

What do we not publish?

We do not publish literature reviews, academic articles, product reviews, and research or project summaries.

Who is our audience?

We write articles for mental health professionals (e.g., licensed counselors, counselor educators, social workers, psychologists) and those interested in learning more about mental health (i.e., the public). When you write, assume that your reader is either a knowledgeable peer or a future client. Practical advice comes from real experience as well as well-researched ideas.

What’s our style?

CT Online articles adhere to Associated Press style (article authors do not need to be familiar with this style to submit an article but understand that articles accepted for publication will be edited to conform to Associated Press style). Articles should be written in a reader-friendly manner rather than relying on jargon and academese.

CT Online articles do not contain citations, footnotes or reference lists. Instead, if a particular idea, thought, quote or theory needs to be attributed to a specific person or organization, include that attribution within the natural flow of the article (for example, “According to a study published by researcher Susan Smith of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in 2003, nearly 50 percent of people who seek counseling …”). When citing a source’s name within an article, provide the person’s first and last names on the initial reference; after that, it is fine to use only the last name.

What will we ask of you?

  • Your article is an original piece of work written for CT Online, not something published elsewhere (including blogs or social media).
  • You will verify the accuracy of the quotes, facts, figures or names in your article. (CT Online does not assume responsibility for any inaccuracies. If information is inaccurate, the article will be subject to rejection.)
  • You will collaborate with the editor assigned to you and be open to their feedback. (Please note that articles are subject to editing to meet space, grammar and style requirements. Headlines and section headings may be rewritten by Counseling Today.)
  • You will establish a timeline for delivery with your editor and communicate with them if something changes.

What will CT Online do for you?

We appreciate all the work you are doing to help us create great content. While publication in CT Online is unpaid and voluntary, we will support you in the following ways:

  • Give you full credit and a byline with your photograph and biography so readers can find out more about you and your work.
  • Promote your article on Facebook, Twitter and all our other channels.

How do I submit an article?

Please send all articles as a Word attachment via email to the Counseling Today editors at There is no need for fancy formatting. A single-spaced draft with a suggested headline and section headings will suffice.



Also readTips for Getting Your Article Accepted by Counseling Today.”

For additional questions regarding submitting articles to CT Online, email Lindsey Phillips at