Family & Mental Health Counselors

Daquana Buchanan

Being a counselor

They help people manage and overcome mental and emotional disorders and problems with their family and relationships by encouraging them to talk about current or old situations . They also listen to clients and ask questions, to help the clients understand their problems and develop strategies to improve their lives.

What you need if your interested

To become a mental health counselor you will need to go through an large amount of schooling. Which includes receiving a Bachelors Degree then a Masters Degree, and finally completing a Doctorate ,or PhD program , there are many several school in Virginia that offer this course such as South University , James Madison , Longwood University , Old Dominion and many more .

Entry pay

Mental health counselors earned a median salary of $40,580 in 2013, or $19.51 per hour, according to the BLS. The best-paid earned more than $67,020, while the lowest-paid earned less than $25,840.

Pay Scale

The average pay for a Mental Health Counselor is $39,019 per year. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.

More info

People looking to pursue this line of work must earn bachelor's or master's degree in counseling, psychology, social work, or another related field. They must also earn and maintain a license to practice psychotherapy. Experience working in clinical counseling is preferred, and certain positions require experience working with a certain demographic. Those who choose this career path generally work in hospitals or standalone clinics, but some may travel to other shelters and facilities.