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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

  • $52,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Clinical Counselor Do

Mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists help people manage and overcome mental and emotional disorders and problems with their family and other relationships. They listen to clients and ask questions to help the clients understand their problems and develop strategies to improve their lives.

Duties

Mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists typically do the following:

  • Diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders, such as anxiety and depression
  • Encourage clients to discuss their emotions and experiences
  • Help clients process their reactions and adjust to difficult changes in their life, such as divorce and layoffs
  • Guide clients through the process of making decisions about their future
  • Help clients develop strategies and skills to change their behavior and to cope with difficult situations
  • Refer clients to other resources or services in the community, such as support groups or inpatient treatment facilities

Mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists use a variety of techniques and tools to help their clients. Many apply cognitive behavioral therapy, a goal-oriented approach that helps clients understand harmful thoughts, feelings, and beliefs and teaches how to replace them with positive, life-enhancing ones. Furthermore, mental health counselors use cognitive behavioral therapy to teach clients to eliminate unwanted and damaging behaviors and to replace them with more productive ones.

Although some disorders can be overcome, others need to be managed. With the latter, mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists help the client develop strategies and skills to minimize the effects of their disorders or illnesses.

Many mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists work in private practice. They must spend time marketing their practice to prospective clients and working with insurance companies and clients to get payment for their services.

Mental health counselors provide treatment to individuals, families, couples, and groups. Some work with specific populations, such as the elderly, college students, or children. Mental health counselors deal with a variety of issues, including anxiety, depression, grief, low self-esteem, stress, and suicidal impulses. They also help with mental and emotional health issues and relationship problems. 

Marriage and family therapists work with individuals, couples, and families. Unlike other types of mental health professionals, they bring a family-centered perspective to treatment, even when treating individuals. They evaluate family roles and development, to understand how clients’ families affect their mental health. They treat the clients’ relationships, not just the clients themselves. They address issues, such as low self-esteem, stress, addiction, and substance abuse.

Mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists coordinate patient treatment with other professionals, such as psychiatrists and social workers.

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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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Clinical Counselor Career Paths

Clinical Counselor
Case Manager Clinical Supervisor
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Registered Nurse Case Manager Nursing Director
Clinical Services Director
11 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Registered Nurse Case Manager
Patient Care Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Therapist Supervisor Program Manager
Service Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Therapist Supervisor Program Director
Unit Director
5 Yearsyrs
Therapist Clinical Social Worker Social Work Case Manager
Director Of Social Services
6 Yearsyrs
Clinical Supervisor Program Director
Director Of Program Services
8 Yearsyrs
Clinical Supervisor Program Manager Program Director
Director Of Residential Services
7 Yearsyrs
Mental Health Therapist Supervisor Superintendent
Resident Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Mental Health Therapist Adjunct Instructor Registered Nurse Case Manager
Clinical Care Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Mental Health Therapist Clinical Social Worker Social Work Supervisor
Director Of Social Work
6 Yearsyrs
Clinical Social Worker Clinical Case Manager Nursing Director
Health Director
9 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Unit Manager Nurse Case Manager
Medical Case Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Clinical Therapist Primary Therapist Clinician
Clinical Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Clinical Therapist Clinical Coordinator Utilization Review Nurse
Utilities Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Clinical Therapist Clinical Coordinator Program Supervisor
Residential Program Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Clinical Coordinator Adjunct Professor Education Consultant
Student Dean
7 Yearsyrs
Ambulatory Care Coordinator Clinician Residential Supervisor
Residential Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Consultant Adjunct Professor Psychotherapist
Health Care Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Mental Health Clinician Psychotherapist
Health Unit Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Clinical Counselor 3.0 years
Clinical Therapist 2.9 years
Primary Counselor 2.5 years
Intake Counselor 2.1 years
Counselor 2.0 years
Top Careers Before Clinical Counselor
Internship 13.9%
Counselor 11.3%
Therapist 6.1%
Clinician 4.3%
Volunteer 4.3%
Teacher 2.8%
Top Careers After Clinical Counselor
Therapist 11.0%
Counselor 10.9%
Clinician 6.7%
Internship 5.3%

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Average Yearly Salary
$52,000
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$30,000
Min 10%
$52,000
Median 50%
$52,000
Median 50%
$52,000
Median 50%
$52,000
Median 50%
$52,000
Median 50%
$52,000
Median 50%
$52,000
Median 50%
$90,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
The Bair Foundation
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Colorado
Avg Experience Level
2.5 years
How much does a Clinical Counselor make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Clinical Counselor in the United States is $52,574 per year or $25 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $30,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $90,000.

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/Licensed Psychologist San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA Aug 18, 2014 $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 Aug 01, 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

  1. Treatment Plans
  2. Crisis Intervention
  3. Mental Health Services
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  • Planned, developed and implemented treatment plans for youth and adults abusing alcohol and other drugs in a residential detoxification/treatment facility.
  • Conduct screenings and assessment interviews to match the needs to appropriate military and civilian service system referrals including crisis intervention.
  • Perform individual counseling, crisis interventions, and consultations/outreach to district students receiving Educationally Related Mental Health Services.
  • Provided individual and group services related to recovery process, to assist with dependencies substance abuse education.
  • Conducted individual and group therapy sessions in accordance with the established treatment plan and provided crisis intervention when necessary.

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Top 10 Best States for Clinical Counselors

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  2. Maine
  3. New Jersey
  4. Wyoming
  5. Connecticut
  6. Pennsylvania
  7. Nevada
  8. Rhode Island
  9. Oregon
  10. Colorado
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Clinical Counselor Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applier with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate. At Zippia, we went through over 2,828 Clinical Counselor resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Clinical Counselor Demographics

Gender

Female

63.2%

Male

24.6%

Unknown

12.2%
Ethnicity

White

61.9%

Black or African American

14.1%

Hispanic or Latino

13.9%

Asian

6.5%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

70.7%

French

8.5%

Mandarin

3.7%

German

2.4%

Arabic

2.4%

Portuguese

1.2%

Vietnamese

1.2%

Hawaiian

1.2%

Chinese

1.2%

Greek

1.2%

Dakota

1.2%

Ukrainian

1.2%

Braille

1.2%

Cantonese

1.2%

Russian

1.2%
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Clinical Counselor Education

Schools

Webster University

20.6%

Capella University

9.5%

University of South Carolina - Columbia

8.6%

Liberty University

8.3%

Walden University

6.9%

University of Phoenix

6.0%

Nova Southeastern University

4.6%

Chicago School of Professional Psychology

4.2%

Troy University

3.0%

Florida State University

3.0%

Barry University

2.6%

Winthrop University

2.6%

University of Central Florida

2.6%

Assumption College

2.6%

South University

2.6%

Springfield College

2.5%

University of West Florida

2.5%

Worcester State University

2.5%

Clemson University

2.5%

University of South Florida

2.3%
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Majors

School Counseling

17.2%

Social Work

16.4%

Mental Health Counseling

13.6%

Psychology

11.9%

Counseling Psychology

9.9%

Human Services

4.4%

Clinical Psychology

4.3%

Criminal Justice

3.5%

Education

3.1%

Rehabilitation Science

2.7%

Family Therapy

2.5%

Business

2.2%

Sociology

1.7%

Nursing

1.6%

Educational Leadership

1.2%

Liberal Arts

0.9%

Human Resources Management

0.8%

Law

0.8%

Human Development

0.7%

Public Health

0.6%
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Degrees

Masters

62.6%

Bachelors

17.2%

Other

8.8%

Doctorate

6.2%

Certificate

2.5%

Associate

1.7%

Diploma

0.7%

License

0.3%
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