What's it like to be a Relationship Counsellor?
Relationship Counsellors provide a space for their clients to discuss problems or concerns they have in their relationship. They support couples to discuss their situation, gain new perspectives, generate solutions and work towards change.
Tasks and duties
- Meeting with clients to discuss their relationship issues.
- Asking questions to help clients identify their feelings and behaviours.
- Facilitating and mediating sessions.
- Providing advice and techniques for couples to assist in improving their relationship.
- Developing plans to address family relationship issues.
- Maintaining records that include progress notes, evaluations and recommendations.
- Analysing individual cases and coordinating counselling and other healthcare services.
- Referring clients to other healthcare professionals when appropriate.
- Preparing evaluations as required for use during divorce or custody cases.
A Relationship Counsellor acts as a neutral mediator to help their clients make sense of what is happening in their relationship. They may help clients work through issues relating to separation or divorce, grief and loss, adjusting to parenting or trauma and abuse.
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How to become a Relationship Counsellor
- 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.
- 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 and introduce you to the relationship counselling field.
- 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 support couples and families.