What does a Mental Health Counselor do?

Mental health counselors work with individuals and groups to promote optimum mental health. They help individuals deal with addictions and substance abuse; family, parenting, marital problems and suicide. Mental health counselors work with families, couples and individuals to help in overcoming emotional and psychological problems. Additionally, mental health counselors should also be skilled at discerning people's words and actions, helping them to see how what they say and do reveals the root causes of their issues. Mental health counselors work in hospitals, schools, and medical offices.

A Masters degree in Psychology or Sociology along with a current practitioner license through the state's clinical therapy board is required for mental health counselors. Successful mental health counselors are deeply compassionate and possess excellent listening, verbal and written communication skills.

  • Provide an array of outpatient mental health services to promote individualized patient recovery
  • Conduct intakes, individual, group, and family therapy
  • Develop service plans and conduct reviews as needed throughout the duration of treatment
  • Provide mental health assessments, counseling, referrals, and intervention services
  • Complete and maintain documentation in a timely and accurate manner and according to Federal, State and Center guidelines
  • Write reports to court, school, or other community agencies as necessary
  • Follow up with psychiatrists and/or attending physicians in cases involving hospital admissions
  • Collaborate with external psychiatric care providers as well as representatives from civic assistance programs to help schedule treatment sessions for those patients who need them
  • Able to make professional evaluations, decisions, and recommendation for treatment planning and implementation
  • Current practitioner license through the state's clinical therapy board
  • 3 years of experience in counseling or mental health services
  • Working knowledge of legal guidelines stipulating psychiatric admission requirements
  • Able to work independently and as a positive member of a team
  • Able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with mentally or emotionally disabled persons and their families
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Comfortable treating both routine and serious mental health illness
  • Strong computer literacy skills
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
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Career Opportunity
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Avg. Experience8+ years

Mental Health Counselor Salaries

Average Base Pay

£32,442 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Mental Health Counselor Career Path

Learn how to become a Mental Health Counselor, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Decodr TechnologiesDecodr Technologies
Program Counselor
23 Jun 2021

“The organisation is so flexible that it helps you to achieve both career and personal goals”

Florida Department of Children and FamiliesFlorida Department of Children and Families
Abuse Hotline Counselor
17 Sep 2020

“Training is straight forward and I felt prepared for the job on my first day.”

Mental Health Counselor/Psychotherapist
29 Jun 2021

“The pay is also decent and I got a nice bonus this past year too.”

Safe Journey HouseSafe Journey House
Crisis Counselor
16 Dec 2020

“I enjoyed the tasks I did but the management was corrupt and not supportive in any way.”

Lighthouse Behavioral Health & Wellness CenterLighthouse Behavioral Health & Wellness Center
Mental Health Counselor
12 May 2021

“As a fee for service clinician you can manage your own schedule which offers a great life”

Virginia Beach Psychiatric CenterVirginia Beach Psychiatric Center
Mental Health Counselor
15 Dec 2021

“I have a very flexible schedule essentially choosing when I work because I am a flex employee.”

MHMR TarrantMHMR Tarrant
23 Mar 2020

“Staff was great and willing to help you learn but you have to really be there for yourself and not depend on others.”

McLean HospitalMcLean Hospital
Community Residence Counselor
24 Mar 2020

“The experience is phenomenal and you'll have the opportunity to work closely with some of the best people in the field.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a mental health counselor

When working as a mental health counselor, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Adherence, Interpersonal and Communication, English Speaking, IN Psychology Bachelors and Written Communication.

The most similar professions to mental health counselor are:
  • Community Support Specialist
  • Social Worker
  • Case Manager
  • Therapist

The most common qualifications to become a mental health counselor is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.