Counseling & Therapy Education and Careers

Counseling & Therapy Education and Careers

Sometimes, having an objective listener can make all the difference. That’s what counselors and therapists do—they listen to their clients to learn about their needs, and offer suggestions for dealing with life’s challenges.

Counselors and therapists may be licensed mental health counselors (MHCs), marriage and family therapists (MFTs) and more. No matter their title, they use time-tested techniques to help clients improve their lives by dealing with depression and anxiety, grief and loss, trauma, substance abuse, and difficult interpersonal human relationships.

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Taking a holistic, mind-body approach to wellness, counselors help improve people's lives. They work with everyone from children to married couples and the elderly, and in many different environments.

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We are only now starting to understand the physiology and brain chemistry of substance abuse, and this has enabled counselors to help people overcome their addictions to drugs, food and alcohol.

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Mental health counselors are often the first professionals to help people in need of emotional and psychological support. They help people make healthy decisions about their relationships and their futures.

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Counselors commonly focus on family dynamics because change in one family member can affect all others. Whether treating child abuse or other issues, the participation of family members is key to the treatment process.

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Kids spend a lot of time in school, so teachers and other school workers are sometimes the first ones to identify problems that kids are experiencing. And it's in the school environment that they may visit their first counselor.

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K. Alexandra Onno

“In my work in marriage counseling, I enjoy the integrity, the intimacy and the challenge of authentic encounters. Conscious relationships are a crucible for transformation. I really love helping couples choose intimacy and teaching them that what they have is good.”

K. Alexandra Onno, MA, LMHC, Marriage & Family Counselor

Choose Your Degree Level


Associate of Arts

An AA with a concentration in counseling is your entry into higher education. Do your first two years of college, often at a lower cost to you.


Bachelor’s Degree

This degree will provide you with the knowledge and skills to make a difference in people’s lives. You’ll also have a sense of purpose and career options.


Master’s Degree

Required for social work licensure, the master of social work offers specialties in either clinical or community practice, so you can customize your degree for your career goals.


PhD PsyD

Whether you want to do research or teach, specialize in advanced practice, social policy and policy analysis, or social policy and administration, you’ll need a doctorate.

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Tell us a little about yourself and we’ll connect you with schools that offer counseling degree programs.