There has been an emphasis on understanding the detrimental effects of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on individuals' wellbeing . Healthcare workers, including mental health providers, may experience increased emotional and behavioral health concerns to a greater degree than the general public . The objective of the present study was to examine the frequency and the perceived effectiveness of various coping strategies implemented by mental health practitioners during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as differences across career stages (i.e., trainees versus licensed practitioners [LPs] ). Survey data were collected from mental health practitioners (N = 888) assessing the strategies they used to manage COVID-19-associated anxiety/distress and the perceived effectiveness of these strategies . Bonferroni-adjusted chi-square tests and t-tests were conducted to assess differences by career stage . Overall, respondents used various coping strategies, most commonly behavioral strategies such as distraction/engaging in an enjoyable activity (88.63 %), spending time with loved ones (77.82 %), and exercise (72.64 %). Over one-quarter reported using alcohol to cope (28.27 %). Respondents generally perceived their coping strategies as somewhat to very effective; no strategies were generally perceived as ineffective . Compared to LPs, trainees were significantly more likely to manage COVID-19-related anxiety/distress using supervision (p <.001) and substances other than alcohol or tobacco (p <.001). There were no significant differences in how effective trainees and LPs perceived each strategy . U.S. mental health practitioners' use of predominantly behavioral coping strategies, which were generally perceived as effective, during the first months of COVID-19 offers implications for interventions as the pandemic progresses.