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Working As A Family Counselor

  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Stressful

  • $41,979

    Average Salary

What Does A Family 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 Family 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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Average Length of Employment
Family Therapist 2.8 years
Service Counselor 2.6 years
Clinical Counselor 2.6 years
Family Worker 2.6 years
Family Specialist 2.3 years
Outreach Counselor 2.2 years
Family Consultant 2.2 years
Group Counselor 2.1 years
Counselor 2.0 years
Family Counselor 2.0 years
Program Counselor 1.9 years
Peer Counselor 1.7 years
Top Careers Before Family Counselor
Internship 13.7%
Counselor 12.7%
Therapist 7.9%
Clinician 4.1%
Teacher 3.4%
Supervisor 3.1%
Volunteer 3.0%
Instructor 2.3%
Top Careers After Family Counselor
Therapist 9.9%
Counselor 9.0%
Clinician 6.6%
Internship 4.6%
Supervisor 3.2%
Consultant 3.0%

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Family Counselor Demographics

Gender

Female

72.2%

Male

25.1%

Unknown

2.7%
Ethnicity

White

62.3%

Hispanic or Latino

15.0%

Black or African American

11.9%

Asian

6.8%

Unknown

4.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

69.9%

Russian

3.8%

Portuguese

3.8%

French

3.0%

Belarusian

3.0%

Polish

2.3%

Mandarin

1.5%

Italian

1.5%

German

1.5%

Japanese

1.5%

Dakota

1.5%

Vietnamese

0.8%

Korean

0.8%

Ukrainian

0.8%

Malay

0.8%

Bengali

0.8%

Tamil

0.8%

Braille

0.8%

Cantonese

0.8%

Coptic

0.8%
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Family Counselor Education

Schools

Capella University

11.6%

Liberty University

11.3%

University of Phoenix

9.1%

Virginia Commonwealth University

6.1%

New York University

5.5%

Walden University

5.2%

University of Southern Maine

4.6%

Webster University

4.6%

University of Maine

4.3%

Troy University

4.3%

University of Central Florida

4.0%

Norfolk State University

4.0%

Nova Southeastern University

3.4%

University of Florida

3.4%

Florida State University

3.4%

Grand Canyon University

3.4%

Arizona State University

3.0%

Barry University

3.0%

Valdosta State University

3.0%

Fordham University

3.0%
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Majors

Social Work

22.6%

School Counseling

12.2%

Psychology

12.1%

Counseling Psychology

8.5%

Mental Health Counseling

6.8%

Family Therapy

6.3%

Criminal Justice

3.7%

Human Services

3.7%

Clinical Psychology

3.6%

Business

3.4%

Education

3.3%

Sociology

2.8%

Educational Leadership

1.9%

Rehabilitation Science

1.8%

Human Development

1.7%

Nursing

1.5%

Theology

1.2%

Human Resources Management

1.0%

Law

1.0%

Liberal Arts

0.9%
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Degrees

Masters

55.7%

Bachelors

21.7%

Other

11.5%

Doctorate

5.5%

Associate

2.6%

Certificate

2.4%

License

0.3%

Diploma

0.2%
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Real Family Counselor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Pastoral Youth and Family Counselor New Vision Youth Community Center Irving, TX Sep 14, 2016 $49,045
Individual and Family Counselor Family Insight, PC Roanoke, VA Jul 10, 2013 $46,874
Msw/Ma-Level Family Counselor SCO Family of Services New York, NY Feb 13, 2014 $44,840
Bilingual Family Counselor Lincoln Child Center Oakland, CA Jan 10, 2011 $44,346 -
$74,000
Msw/Ma-Level Family Counselor SCO Family of Services New York, NY Apr 09, 2011 $42,000
Msw/Ma-Level Family Counselor SCO Family of Services New York, NY Jun 22, 2012 $41,200
Family Counselor SCO Family of Services New York, NY Aug 10, 2011 $41,000
Family Counselor SCO Family of Services New York, NY Oct 01, 2012 $40,000
Msw/Ma-Level Family Counselor SCO Family of Services New York, NY Jun 22, 2009 $40,000
Family Counselor The Aleph Institute, Inc. Surfside, FL Oct 20, 2010 $37,200
Family Counselor Youth Villages Arlington, VA Apr 29, 2008 $37,000 -
$41,000
Family Support Counselor Y.O.U. Inc. Worcester, MA Oct 17, 2011 $35,000
Family Support Counselor Y.O.U. Inc. Worcester, MA Sep 15, 2011 $35,000
Youth and Family Counselor OMNI Youth Services Buffalo Grove, IL Oct 01, 2011 $35,000
Christian Family Counselor Saenuree Alliance Church, Inc. Palisades Park, NJ Mar 01, 2010 $34,916
Family Counselor Serenity Mental Health, LLC. Carson City, NV Sep 09, 2014 $33,363
Family Support Counselor Kids In Distress, Inc. Wilton Manors, FL Jun 12, 2010 $31,270

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Top Skills for A Family Counselor

  1. Family Therapy
  2. Child
  3. Crisis Intervention
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  • Provided on-site group and individual counseling, including home-based family therapy and school-based group counseling.
  • Provide therapeutic intervention services to children, adolescents, and adults using individual and family treatment.
  • Provide intensive case management In home Individual and Family Counseling Crisis Intervention and Written Reports Conducted assessments and treatment plans
  • Develop weekly treatment plans that meet medical necessity criteria.
  • Collaborate with mental health staff and medical personal to provide consultation regarding treatment services.

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Top 10 Best States for Family Counselors

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  2. Hawaii
  3. New Jersey
  4. Alaska
  5. Wyoming
  6. Nevada
  7. Pennsylvania
  8. Idaho
  9. Massachusetts
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