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Counsellor

Support clients by helping them to develop strategies to cope with emotional, mental or lifestyle issues.

What's it like to be a Counsellor?

Counsellors provide support to people experiencing emotional difficulties by helping them to identify and work through their issues.

Tasks and duties

  • Meeting with clients to discuss their emotional, mental or lifestyle issues and helping them set goals and adopt strategies to address their issues.
  • Facilitating group counselling sessions or mediating in conflict resolution settings.
  • Referring clients to other healthcare professionals when appropriate and liaising with healthcare professionals as part of a health management team.
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Most Counsellors work with clients over a short period of time for a specific problem. They may use techniques such as talking therapy to assist clients reach their own resolutions or develop strategies to address their concerns.

Counsellors may choose to specialise in relationship counselling, crisis and trauma counselling, drug and alcohol counselling, conflict resolution, stress management, grief and loss counselling or counselling of children and young people.

What can I earn as a Counsellor?

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The most common annual salary in AUS for a Counsellor is between $65k and $75k
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How to become a Counsellor


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To become a Counsellor, you will need to complete a formal qualification. Once you have finished your training you will have the opportunity to apply for membership with external bodies such as the Australian Counselling Association (ACA).

  1. Complete a Diploma of Counselling (CHC51015) which will introduce you to the field of counselling and qualify you for entry level roles within the industry. This qualification can also be used as a pathway into further study.
  2. Complete an undergraduate degree such as a Bachelor of Counselling which is the most common qualification needed to be registered as a fully qualified Counsellor. An undergraduate qualification will often give you important practical experience in a work environment.
  3. To specialise or further your studies, complete a postgraduate degree such as a Graduate Diploma or Masters. These degrees will set you up with the required knowledge to help a wide variety of clients.

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Diploma of Counselling

This diploma prepares you for roles in established counselling agencies and to work with clients on personal and psychological issues.
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Bachelor of Counselling

This qualification provides you with the skills and knowledge to work as a Counsellor.
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Bachelor of Psychological Science

This qualification will develop your knowledge of human behaviour and may be used as a starting point for a career as a Psychologist.

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How do Counsellors rate their role?

Latest reviews from 41 Counsellors surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
4.2
Job satisfaction
4.6
Career progression opportunities
3.5
Job security
3.4
Pay / Salary
3.3
Variety of work
4.3

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Jun 2018
Counselling is the most rewarding thing I have ever done.
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Counselling
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
I'm self-employed
Specialisation
Trauma
The good things
Being able to make a difference in people’s lives who struggle is hugely rewarding. Due to my spialisatiom of trauma and the fact that I work with individuals and couples, my counselling work is very ...
The challenges
I have to know my boundaries and not take on too many clients. There is no one to pull me up when I work too hard other then my own discipline and capacity to say no to people in need. There is the in...
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May 2020
Counselling is very rewarding.
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Social Science
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Counsellor
The good things
You support individuals, couples, and families who have no idea how to communicate and live functionally and provide skills to communicate effectively, challenge unhealthy thinking patterns, save fail...
The challenges
In private practice, it is frustrating to have confirming clients not show up for their appointments. It is heartbreaking to know a toddler is going to an abusive parent for access and their court hea...
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