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Working As A Mental Health Consultant

  • 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

  • $41,880

    Average Salary

What Does A Mental Health Consultant 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 Mental Health Consultant

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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Mental Health Consultant Career Paths

Mental Health Consultant
Mental Health Worker Case Manager Clinical Director
Administrative Director, Behavioral Health Services
11 Yearsyrs
Medical Social Worker Director Of Social Services Therapist
Career Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Technician Specialist Registered Nurse Staff Nurse
Case Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Senior Project Manager Program Director
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Mental Health Technician Registered Nurse Staff Nurse
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Medical Social Worker Clinical Social Worker Clinical Supervisor
Clinical Services Director
11 Yearsyrs
Psychologist Clinical Supervisor Nursing Director
Director Of Health Services
11 Yearsyrs
Psychologist Program Director Human Resources Manager
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Psychologist, Private Practice Psychologist Program Director
Director Of Residential Services
7 Yearsyrs
Mental Health Technician Case Manager Social Worker
Director Of Social Services
6 Yearsyrs
Outpatient Physical Therapist Mental Health Therapist Medical Social Worker
Director Of Social Work
7 Yearsyrs
Clinical Supervisor Program Director General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Mental Health Professional Program Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Mental Health Worker Licensed Practical Nurse Occupational Health Nurse
Health Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Faculty Assistant Professor
Medical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Technician Specialist Licensed Practical Nurse Staff Nurse
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Clinical Supervisor Program Manager Marketing Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Psychologist, Private Practice Adjunct Faculty Clinical Director
Outpatient Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Mental Health Professional Clinical Social Worker Clinical Supervisor
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Outpatient Physical Therapist Clinician Assistant Director
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Mental Health Consultant Demographics

Gender

Female

70.1%

Male

27.5%

Unknown

2.4%
Ethnicity

White

80.0%

Hispanic or Latino

9.8%

Asian

7.8%

Unknown

1.7%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

62.8%

French

9.8%

German

4.3%

Italian

2.4%

Mandarin

1.8%

Korean

1.8%

Russian

1.8%

Chinese

1.8%

Japanese

1.8%

Arabic

1.8%

Swedish

1.2%

Norwegian

1.2%

Urdu

1.2%

Tamil

1.2%

Portuguese

1.2%

Hebrew

1.2%

Latvian

0.6%

Turkish

0.6%

Romanian

0.6%

Hindi

0.6%
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Mental Health Consultant Education

Schools

Walden University

9.6%

Arkansas State University

8.9%

Liberty University

8.7%

University of Phoenix

8.5%

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

6.9%

Arkansas Tech University

6.6%

Capella University

6.2%

University of Central Arkansas

5.5%

New York University

4.8%

University of Southern California

3.7%

John Brown University

3.7%

Grand Canyon University

3.7%

Columbia University

3.4%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.2%

Chicago School of Professional Psychology

3.0%

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

2.7%

Arizona State University

2.7%

Webster University

2.7%

Bay Path College

2.7%

Howard University

2.7%
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Majors

Social Work

17.3%

Psychology

13.3%

Nursing

8.9%

Mental Health Counseling

7.6%

Counseling Psychology

6.9%

Business

6.8%

School Counseling

6.0%

Clinical Psychology

5.8%

Public Health

3.3%

Occupational Therapy

3.2%

Health Care Administration

3.2%

Criminal Justice

2.9%

Education

2.9%

Rehabilitation Science

2.0%

Sociology

1.9%

Human Services

1.8%

Kinesiology

1.8%

Family Therapy

1.8%

Health Education

1.5%

Management

1.2%
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Degrees

Masters

45.1%

Bachelors

24.4%

Other

13.1%

Doctorate

8.3%

Associate

5.3%

Certificate

2.9%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.4%
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Real Mental Health Consultant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Cultural Health Consultant A. Herrera Lynch & Associates Consulting, LLC New York, NY Jan 15, 2013 $208,700
Health Consultant Oasis Professional MGMT. Group Inc. Franklin, NY May 01, 2011 $74,151
Mental Health Center Pennsylvania Counseling Services, Inc. Lebanon, PA Mar 26, 2015 $48,298
Mental Health Consultant Richmond Area Multi Services, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 02, 2010 $48,000
Mental Health Consultant, Early Childhood Jewish Family & Children's Services Palo Alto, CA Feb 15, 2008 $46,863
Mental Health Consultant Richmond Area Multi-Services, Inc. San Francisco, CA Nov 28, 2014 $45,500
Mental Health Consultant Richmond Area Multi-Services, Inc. San Francisco, CA Mar 12, 2008 $44,720
Behavioral Health Consultant/Trainer Richmond Area Multi-Services Inc. San Francisco, CA Mar 11, 2014 $44,000
Mental Health Consultant Richmond Area Multi-Services San Francisco, CA Nov 28, 2011 $42,000

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Top Skills for A Mental Health Consultant

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Top Mental Health Consultant Skills

  1. Treatment Plans
  2. Crisis Intervention
  3. Group Therapy
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Develop and implement individualized behavior support plans and treatment plans.
  • Provide outreach and crisis intervention by preparing daily reports and counseling unit planning.
  • Facilitate group therapy and individual therapy.
  • Facilitated positive child development in the classroom by developing and delivering program consultation to site managers, teachers & social workers.
  • Planned, delivered and evaluated mental health services based on the needs and concerns of the clients.

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