How to Become a Counsellor

How to Become a Counsellor

In our review of different careers we take a look at how to become a counsellor, be it a marriage guidance counsellor, couples counsellor, cognative behaviour counsellor, person-centred counsellor or solution-focused counsellors, to name but a few.

What Does a Counsellor Do?

A counsellor provides a sympathetic and non-judgemental ear for people experiencing emotional difficulties.  A counsellor is not there to offer advice or to solve peoples problems, but to listen and ask appropriate questions at the right time.  By doing this they are essentially leading the client to come to their own conclusions and resolutions.

As a counsellor you can work for other agencies or work for yourself and have your clients come to your home.

Is Becoming a Counsellor Right For Me?

As a counsellor you will need to be:

  • Non-judgemental.
  • Able to make others feel relaxed.
  • Able to challenge clients without appearing confrontational.
  • Patient

How Much Can a Counsellor Earn?

The starting salary for a counsellor can be expected to be in the region £20,000 - £26,000.  Counsellors who are self-employed usually charge between £30 - £50 an hour.

What Qualifications Do I Need To Become a Counsellor?

There are no formal qualifications necessary to become a counsellor but there are still courses you can take that will set you apart from the competition when applying for jobs.