Mental Health Counselor
Mental health counselors help people with mental or emotional health issues such as stress, depression, anxiety, grief, and relationship problems. They are healers and analyzers who treat a variety of conditions to help their clients lead happier and healthier lives.
Mental health counselors need active listening skills, patience, empathy and a degree of objectivity. They encourage clients to discuss their feelings and experiences, helping them develop insight into themselves and their relationships. Critical thinking and coaching skills are important for offering support and guidance, and for equipping clients with new coping skills/behaviors.
Some work with specific populations, such as the elderly, college students, or children. Counselors can find employment in mental health centers, hospitals, government agencies or even schools. Most mental health counselors need at least a master’s degree in mental health counseling as well as obtain a state license to practice. Job growth is projected to increase 22% by 2028, which is much faster than average.