Counseling Overview: Quick Facts
Are you interested in a career as a counselor? See if you could be right for this exciting role.
What You'll Do
- Meet with individuals and groups to discuss emotional, behavioral or psychological issues
- Discuss clients' goals for treatment
- Talk about issues like relationships, family, depression, and substance abuse
- Help clients gain insight by listening and prompting
- Help clients plan a course of action to meet their goals
- Chart client progress
- Refer clients to psychologists and psychiatrists
- Take a holistic (mind-body) approach to wellness
Sometimes, having an objective listener makes all the difference. That's what counselors do—they listen to people's concerns, discover their goals, and offer suggestions for dealing with life changes or stressful situations. Good counselors motivate and encourage their patients. Increasingly, counselors focus on mind-body wellness, helping people to be "present," which aids in personal understanding. As a counselor, you can work with everyone from children to married couples to the elderly, and in as many different environments as there are types of people. If you're interested in this vital career, learn which personal and professional traits you’ll need to succeed as a counselor.
|You are...||You should have...|
|Empathetic||Strong interpersonal skills|
|Compassionate||Strong verbal skills|
|A problem solver||High ethical standards|