Is a Career as a Mental Health Counselor Right for You?

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Is a Career as a Mental Health Counselor Right for You?

To become a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), also known as Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CMHC) or Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC), you need to complete the following steps:

  1. Get a relevant bachelor’s degree (psychology, counseling, social work, etc.)
  2. Get a master’s degree in mental health counseling
  3. Perform a minimum of 2 years, or 3000 hours, of supervised training after you complete your master’s degree
  4. Complete your states licensing requirements
  5. Get certified

People who work as a mental Health counselor need the following skills:

  • Be empathetic – showing an ability to understand and share the feelings of another
  • Be supportive – providing encouragement or emotional help
  • Be an excellent listener – especially someone who does so in an attentive manner
  • Be patient – listen to people’s problems without becoming annoyed or anxious
  • Be compassionate – listen to why patients are suffering and get motivated to ease that suffering

Depression and anxiety are among the most common mental health disorders facing young people today. Many people seek the help and advice of a mental health counselor to deal with these issues.

The job growth for licensed mental health counselors looks bright with an estimated increase of 20% from 2014-2024.*

As of 2015 the median salary of mental health counselors is $43,190 a year.*

*According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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  1. My son has been acting sad lately, and I don’t know what to do. I didn’t know that mental health counselors could help so much. I’ll have to see if they can help my son and his mood.

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