In 1998 two graduate students. Doug Fowler and George Drobinski, were coming to the end of their graduate school studies in Mental Health Counseling.  A professor had relayed to their class some information pertaining to a bill that was being considered in the House of Representatives that could have had a detrimental impact on the Mental Health Counseling profession. George and Doug decided to see what they could do.

Over the next couple of weeks, as they contacted a number of Mental Health Counselors and others related to the profession, they came to realize that a vast number of individuals in the Lee, Collier, and Charlotte counties were unaware of the legislation, as well as other bills, past and present, that would have similar impact.

They decided that there was an apparent need to get the information and networking out on a local level.  It was at this point in time that the Gulf Coast Mental Health Counselors Association was born, quickly developed, and grew.

GMHC, Inc. is your local affiliate of FMHCA, giving you greater accessibility and a streamlined information network that benefits you, the Mental Health Professional.