How to Become a Counsellor

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What do I need to study to become a Counsellor?

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M5003Monash UniversityGraduate Diploma of Psychology Advanced

Accelerate your psychology career and build diverse professional skills with this online Graduate Diploma of Psychology Advanced course.

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 Edith Cowan UniversityMaster of Counselling and Psychotherapy

The Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy provides students with the opportunity to expand their theoretical knowledge and develop their skills through self-reflective clinical practice and experience.

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Definition of Counsellor

Counsellors provide a safe, confidential environment and offer support for people experiencing mental or emotional distress, helping them to identify, confront and work through their issues.

Their efforts may concentrate on a particular emotional problem, such as anxiety, depression or bereavement, or on a more situational dilemma like a crisis, conflict or major life decision.

A Counsellor may specialise in specific disciplines, such as anger management, marriage counselling, career advice or rehabilitation, and can also assist clients by advising them of other resources and programs that are available.

The responsibility of a Counsellor is not to direct their clients towards a specific choice or action but to empower them to better utilise their existing skills and resources in order to overcome life’s challenges.

Using conversational therapy and other techniques, a Counsellor enables people to examine various facets of their life, behaviours and relationships from a more objective position, allowing them to see things in a way they may not have considered before.

What are the responsibilities of a Counsellor ?

  • Creating a safe, supportive and confidential environment.
  • Meeting with clients to identify and discuss their mental, emotional or social needs and problems.
  • Helping clients to define and assess goals, and adopt and maintain strategies to deal with various issues.
  • Offering support and assisting clients in dealing with and overcoming problems.
  • Facilitating group counselling and mediating conflict resolution.
  • Providing information and advice on relevant available resources and programs.
  • Liaising with other healthcare professionals, such as doctors and specialists, and referring clients when applicable.

Career Outlook for Counsellor

The average age of people working as is 46 with 21.20% of them being male. 54.00% of are employed full-time and they typically work around 37.1 hours per week.


Unemployment is below average and, with A Bachelor Degree or higher, the average Community Worker can earn around $1,330 per week Before Tax. In 2015 there were 20,700 working and the future growth of the profession is predicted to be very strong, with numbers around 25,500 in 2020.