Counselors and therapists work with patients across a variety of settings and environments in order to help people live more rewarding, healthy, and fulfilling lives. Within counseling, there are many specializations - such as counselors who focus on trauma related to loss, dependence on drugs or alcohol, or developmental issues affecting children. Pursuing a career in counseling can provide you the ability to combine your professional skillset with a passion for helping others and making a positive impact in their lives.
A commonality that most all counseling professions share is that they require at minimum a master's degree education, post degree supervised clinical experience, and passing of the National Counselor Examination or an equivalent exam recognized by the state in which you will be practicing. All states including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico require licensure for licensed professional counselors or LPC's.
Generally speaking, counselors work with people that are suffering from mental health and behavioral or emotional issues. They are trained professionals that are there to help those individual and families in need. There are however, a multitude of other areas in which counselors are needed that don't focus specifically on mental health or emotional problems.
Listed below are different types of licensed counselors that provide help and guidance to individuals and families alike. Click on those counseling career specialties that interest you to learn more.