Mental health counselors—often social workers or marriage and family therapists—provide counseling services for individuals, couples, families, teens, and children.
Mental health counselors must earn a master's degree in counseling or a closely related mental health field and complete a minimum of 2 years of clinical work after earning their degree.
Most mental health counselors are licensed by the state in which they practice and have passed a state-developed or national licensure or certification exam.
Last Revised: August 20, 2010
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
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