What does a Rehab Counselor do?

Rehab counselors provide counseling and support services to clients or patients who are recovering or rehabilitating from addiction, mental health issues, or physical conditions. These services may be provided on an outpatient basis or in residence while the individual is a patient or client admitted to a care facility. Counselors may provide individual or group therapy, and may share coping strategies and mental health techniques to help the individual better manage their mental health or addiction challenges. The counselor develops a recommended treatment or therapeutic plan. They also may provide crisis or emergency care.

Rehab counselors typically have a master’s degree in counseling, social work, or a related field, and a background in counseling or similar recovery support roles. They must have in-depth expertise with counseling techniques and practices. These roles generally have licensing or certification requirements.

EducationGED / High School Degree
Work/Life Balance
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Career Opportunity
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

Rehab Counselor Salaries

Average Base Pay

£24,907 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: £25K
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Rehab Counselor Career Path

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Rehab Counselor Insights

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Southeast Health GroupSoutheast Health Group
Certified Addiction Specialist
12 Apr 2021

“They people are fun to work with and I have enjoyed the clientle that comes in.”

New SeasonNew Season
Addictions Counselor
11 Oct 2021

“Don't have to do your job duties if you can take verbal and mental abuse from either your direct supervisor and/or program manager.”

Cornerstone MontgomeryCornerstone Montgomery
Rehabilitation Counselor
7 Dec 2021

“I personally had amazing support from my supervisor and appreciated the balance of advice and freedom.”

Seneca Family of AgenciesSeneca Family of Agencies
Clinical Intervention Specialist
17 Jan 2020

“Nice work and life balance”

California Department of RehabilitationCalifornia Department of Rehabilitation
Rehabilitation Counselor
9 Dec 2020

“You have a great team”

White Sands Treatment CenterWhite Sands Treatment Center
Addiction Specialist
19 Oct 2021

“Great team to work with”

Burrell Behavioral HealthBurrell Behavioral Health
SUD Counselor
25 Aug 2020

“Good people to work with”

TCSA Abuse
1 Oct 2019

“Endless opportunities in career development”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a rehab counselor

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The most common qualifications to become a rehab 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.