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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.
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?

The most common salary  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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What skills are employers looking for?

Employers want:

  • Working with children check
  • Written skills
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Confidentiality
  • People skills

Shortlisted applicants:

  • Emotional intelligence
  • Interpersonal skills
  • People management
  • Team work
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How do Counsellors rate their role?

Latest reviews from 78 Counsellors surveyed on SEEK

Latest reviews

4 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
The good things
Supportive and friendly team, diversity in work, opportunities to work autonomously. Direct client work is also great!
The challenges
Not enough support/training opportunities from management.
4 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
BA Psychology Major
Experience
1 - 4 years
The good things
I love counseling because it allows me to get really deeply into someone else's experience. It enables me to use my creativity to help people make breakthroughs and also to inspire other peoples creat...
The challenges
Being a counselor can be very difficult because it is not publicly funded. This means that clients have to pay quite a lot to come to counselling and often the people most in need can't afford it. It ...
5 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Counselling
Experience
5 - 9 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Drug & Alcohol
The good things
The role provides diversity and complex clients. Able to see change in clients.
The challenges
Working with mandated clients can be challenging.
5 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma
Experience
1 - 4 years
The good things
Counselling is a very rewarding position as you have the chance to help people from various backgrounds and all walks of life with their problems. It is a varied role as you never know what you're up ...
The challenges
The only challenges are people that would not listen to you and think that you hold the "magic pill" that will solve everything even if they don't follow your instructions.
4 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Graduate Diploma of Counselling
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
The good things
The Good Things about my role as counsellor are being able to provide an opportunity to help people in need. Mostly this need js a mental health need, but it affects every other part of their lives.
The challenges
The Bad Thing about being a Counsellor is that you generally cannot be a Medicare provider, and therefore people won't book appointments with you because they don't want to pay for the service.
5 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma
Experience
5 - 9 years
The good things
Help in changing young lives
The challenges
Getting young people to understand boundaries
4 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Financial Counselling
Experience
5 - 9 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
financial counselling
The good things
A good feeling helping those who are in a bad situation.
The challenges
Employment is limited by government funding
5 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Financial Counselling
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Financial Counselling
The good things
The social service aspect is the best part of the role. You get to advocate for people of diverse demographic and financial status from people to the lowest income bracket to the highest strata. And b...
The challenges
Advocacy itself in different scenarios is a challenge as you deal with different debt situations from utilities to credit card to loans to mortgage debts and sometimes family violence plays a big role...
4 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Science
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Genetic Services
The good things
Genetic Counseeling is a career that enables both medical science and behaviour science to overlap. While providing clinical information to patients, psychological support and services are also within...
The challenges
Limited job opportunities currently
5 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Counselling Practice
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
AOD
The good things
Counselling offers people a safe space and listening ear to talk about their concerns. It is an absolute privilege to sit with clients as they share their stories. It is so rewarding to see people gro...
The challenges
Being a counsellor requires careful consideration about your work/life balance. Self-care must be a priority if you are to counsel for the long term. Some sessions can be very draining but also, rewar...
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What are the job opportunities for Counsellors?

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Job opportunities

Counsellor jobs on SEEK
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Projected job growth

National increase over next 5 years
17.8%
2018
2023
Source: LMIP. Counsellors
Latest Counsellor jobs on SEEK
Injury Matters
Perth > CBD, Inner & Western Suburbs
We are seeking a suitably qualified counsellor to join our Trauma Support team on a part-time (0.4 FTE) basis.
Drake International
ACT
Counsellor/Case Coordinator | APS6
International Health and Medical Services
Port Hedland, Karratha & Pilbara
IHMS is currently looking to hire a Counsellor for an opportunity on Christmas Island.
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Cyrenian House
Perth > Eastern Suburbs
We are seeking a Counsellor Educator on a part time basis for our Saranna Women and Children's program at RHTC.
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