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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

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.

Explore counselling qualifications

Find a counselling qualification to suit your needs, including part-time, full-time and online study options.

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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
Honors Bachelor of Social Work
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Part Time Lecturer and University Student Counsellor
The good things
Making a positive impact in someone’s life and motivating students to pass their studies
The challenges
Time management and self care
5 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Counselling
Experience
Less than a year
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Rehabilitation Consultant
The good things
It is a wonderful and rewarding experience to work with children. It might seem like an insignificant relationship, but the tiniest changes makes a great impact.
The challenges
Its a diplomatic role when you are juggling parents, teachers etc. But always remember that the child comes first and work around everyone else. Most importantly, look after yourself and seek supervis...
5 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Masters of Education (Guidance and Counselling)
Experience
5 - 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Secondary School
The good things
Fulfilling and rewarding career, helping young people navigate through difficulties.
The challenges
Emotionally demanding at times.
4 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of business
Experience
5 - 9 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
International
The good things
Advise international student to study in Australia is one side of my work but seeing then succeeding in their studies in the icing on the cake
The challenges
Meet the deadline Deal with contractors Keep up to date with legislation
5 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Counseling
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
youth, family & grief...
The good things
Is being able to help people achieve self actualization
The challenges
losing people to there habits they dont want to give up or change
3 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
bachelor of social work
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
The good things
clients are always great its the employer who is crucial to job satisfaction
The challenges
finding an employer who values that your skills are different to those of teachers
5 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma in Professional Counselling
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Clinical Supervision, Vulnerabilities, Relationship, Children, Career, AOD.
The good things
It's a great job when it comes to helping people and it allows me to think outside the box, constantly analyse my role and modify my skills. I find that at the end of each day I am truly satisfied wit...
The challenges
The greatest challenge is not being able to receive the remuneration that I should get by normal standards. It is tough relying on donor funding and always unsure whether we will be supported continua...
5 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma in professional counselling
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
The good things
My role is very different you don’t know what you will be faced with each day from a booking in fortnight session to a crisis.
The challenges
As you hold a duty of care with students having to intervene for students whom self harm or have suicidal thoughts/ plans the hardest part is to call their parent/caregiver and advises them.
5 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Science Psychology
Experience
5 - 9 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
domestic and family violence
The good things
Very rewarding role where you can use a strength based approach to assisting families who are exposed to DFV
The challenges
There is risk of burn out if not provided with quality supervision and reflective practice
4 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Post Graduate Diploma of Rehabilitation Studies
Experience
10+ years
Specialisation
Return to work
The good things
Working as a Rehabilitation Counsellor is rewarding and challenging at the same time as you are working with individuals to help them return to work. There is an opportunity to work independently and...
The challenges
Meeting billable targets. Helping people who are not motivated to make changes.
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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
Employment Office
Gladstone & Central QLD
CentacareCQ has an opportunity for a full-time Domestic Violence Counsellor - Men's Support to join their dedicated team in Emerald.
Employment Office
Gladstone & Central QLD
CentacareCQ has an opportunity for a full-time Domestic Violence Counsellor - Crisis Support to join their dedicated team in Emerald.
Medijobs Australia
Port Macquarie & Mid North Coast
Manage an interesting caseload in the mid-north coast within a highly motivational organisation - receive up to $90,000 + Super + bonus
Medijobs Australia
Sydney > CBD, Inner West & Eastern Suburbs
Manage an interesting caseload within a motivational organisation - receive up to $90,000 + Super
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