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Become A Clinical Counselor

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Working As A Clinical Counselor

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $47,390

    Average Salary

What Does A Clinical Counselor Do

A Clinical Counselor interviews clients to assess their mental health and behavioral problems. They examine issues such as substance abuse, depression, stress, aging and self-image.

How To Become A Clinical Counselor

Mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists are typically required to have a master’s degree and a license to practice.

Education

To become a mental health counselor or a marriage and family therapist, applicants typically need a master’s degree in psychology, clinical mental health counseling, marriage and family therapy, or a related mental health field. A bachelor’s degree in most fields is acceptable to enter a master’s program.

Counseling programs prepare students to recognize symptoms of mental and emotional disorders and to use effective counseling strategies. Marriage and family therapy programs teach students about how marriages, families, and relationships function and how these relationships can affect mental and emotional disorders.

Many employers prefer to hire counselors who have graduated from programs accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs.

Training

Candidates gain hands-on experience through postdegree supervised clinical work, sometimes referred to as an internship or residency. In training, they learn to provide family therapy, group therapy, psychotherapy, and other therapeutic interventions, under the supervision of a licensed counselor.

Licenses

All states require mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists to be licensed in the state in which they practice. Licensure requires a master’s degree and 2,000 to 4,000 hours of postdegree supervised clinical experience, sometimes referred to as an internship or residency. In addition, counselors and therapists must pass a state-recognized exam and complete annual continuing education classes.

Contact information for state boards regulating mental health counselors is available through the National Board for Certified Counselors.

Contact and licensing information for marriage and family therapists is available through the Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards.

Important Qualities

Compassion. Counselors and therapists often work with people who are dealing with stressful and difficult situations, so they must be compassionate and empathize with their clients.

Interpersonal skills. Being able to work with different types of people is essential for counselors and therapists. They spend most of their time working directly with clients and other professionals and must be able to encourage good relationships.

Listening skills. Good listening skills are essential for mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists, both of whom need to give their full attention to their clients to understand their problems, values, and goals.

Organizational skills. Good organizational skills are especially important for counselors and therapists in private practice, who must keep track of payments and work with insurance companies.

Speaking skills. Mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists need to be able to communicate with clients effectively. They must express ideas and information in a way that clients can understand easily.

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Real Clinical Counselor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Clinical Counselor (Psychologist) San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA Jan 19, 2015 $66,588 -
$119,208
Clinical Counselor University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL Apr 25, 2016 $59,580
Clinical Counselor University of Illinois Champaign, IL Jan 08, 2016 $56,500
Clinical Counselor University of Illinois Champaign, IL Sep 15, 2014 $55,120
Clinical Counselor Henry Street Settlement New York, NY Feb 01, 2010 $55,000
Clinical Counselor University of Illinois Champaign, IL Aug 26, 2016 $54,340
Senior Clinical Counselor Oklahoma State University Stillwater, OK Jan 02, 2010 $53,904
Clinical Counselor University of Illinois Champaign, IL Aug 18, 2014 $53,000
Clinical Counselor University of Illinois Champaign, IL Mar 16, 2014 $51,507
Clinical Counselor University of Illinois Champaign, IL Aug 26, 2013 $51,507
Clinical Trial Counselor Iberica USA, Inc. New York, NY Sep 17, 2010 $50,000
Clinical Counselor Cambridge & Somerville Programs for Alcohol & Drug Cambridge, MA Oct 01, 2011 $45,000
Clinical Counselor Caspar, Inc. Cambridge, MA Jul 06, 2012 $44,658
Senior Clinical Counselor Oklahoma State University Stillwater, OK Mar 11, 2016 $42,890 -
$51,000
Senior Clinical Counselor Oklahoma State University Stillwater, OK Jan 11, 2015 $42,000 -
$45,000
Professional Clinical Counselor The Open Mind Training Institute Santa Monica, CA Aug 17, 2016 $41,740
Clinical Counselor Heartland Human Care Services Inc. Chicago, IL Apr 30, 2015 $37,232
Clinical Counselor Heartland Human Care Services Inc. Chicago, IL May 01, 2015 $37,232
Clinical Counselor Heartland Human Care Services Inc. Chicago, IL May 08, 2015 $37,232

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Top Skills for A Clinical Counselor

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Top Clinical Counselor Skills

  1. Individual Treatment Plans
  2. Mental Health Issues
  3. Crisis Intervention
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed individual treatment plans using behavioral modification principles to aid consumers in developing appropriate daily living and community skills.
  • Provided individual, group, and family therapy to children and adolescents diagnosed with a range of mental health issues.
  • Provide individual, group, family and crisis intervention counseling services using best practice method.
  • Managed case load average of 50 adult clients with substance abuse issues.
  • Conducted intake assessments and evaluations.

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Clinical Counselor Videos

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