Mental Health Counselors


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+24.7% (much faster than the average)


What Mental Health Counselors Do

Counsel and advise individuals and groups to promote optimum mental and emotional health, with an emphasis on prevention. May help individuals deal with a broad range of mental health issues, such as those associated with addictions and substance abuse; family, parenting, and marital problems; stress management; self-esteem; or aging.

Other Job Titles Mental Health Counselors May Have

Behavior Analyst, Behavior Support Specialist (BSS), Case Manager, Clinician, Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Mental Health Counselor, Mental Health Program Specialist, Mental Health Specialist, Mental Health Therapist

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Health Counselor ,

Georgia Department of Public Health

A fulfilling day for me is when an teen walks through the teens center and they learn that they do not have to become an product of their environment. It is not where you come from but the final destination.

School Based Mental Health Professional ,

National Counseling Group

Typical???...what's that??? But all jokes aside, that is the beauty of what I do; there is never a dull moment and it is not a typical day environment.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Maintain confidentiality of records relating to clients' treatment.
  • Encourage clients to express their feelings and discuss what is happening in their lives, helping them to develop insight into themselves or their relationships.
  • Assess patients for risk of suicide attempts.
  • Prepare and maintain all required treatment records and reports.
  • Counsel clients or patients, individually or in group sessions, to assist in overcoming dependencies, adjusting to life, or making changes.

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