Community & Behavioral Health

Mental Health Counselor

Career Progression

Entry Level

Mental Health Technician

Mid Level

Mental Health Counselor

Senior Level

Clinical Psychologist, Psychiatrist

Pathway Category

Mid-Level: These positions pay more than those at the entry level, but also often require some related work experience and additional education, such as a technical training/certificate, two-year associate’s degree, or four-year bachelor’s degree. This is generally the point where workers have identified a career they enjoy and begin fine-tuning their skills and earning related licensures. Some experienced workers from other industries or students who have completed internships or apprenticeship training programs may be able to enter at this elevated level.

What does a person in this career do?

You remove barriers! People come to you with problems or concerns and you help put together a plan to help directly or connect them with the right people, services, and other community resources to get things done. Your patience, empathy, and passion for helping others makes your community a better place to live.

Description of duties

Work with individuals and communities to promote positive mental and emotional health by conducting mental health assessments, developing treatment plans, leading therapy sessions, and educating on preventative care methods. May focus on areas like addiction or substance abuse, family or marital problems, stress management, self-esteem, and aging or death. Professional license required.

Quick Facts

Wage/Salary Range

Education & Training

Typical Work Environments

Personality Traits

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Knowledge and Skills Required

  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Psychology and Human Behavior
  • Active Listening and Communication
  • Observing and Documenting Information
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Medical and Office Software

Other Job Titles

  • Counselor
  • Mental Health Therapist
  • Behavior Support Specialist (BSS)
  • Mental Health Case Manager
  • Mental Health Specialist
  • Therapist