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Counsellor Overview Counsellors help people to deal with a variety of emotional problems, such as bereavement or ...

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Royal Tunbridge Wells, South East/Southern, TN12HE
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Southampton, South East/Southern, SO303JB
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Kent Prisons, South East/Southern, ME124AX
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Counsellor Overview

Counsellors help people to deal with a variety of emotional problems, such as bereavement or mental health issues, in an effort to make a positive change to a person's life. Counsellors work in controlled, confidential environments, and are responsible for building a relationship of trust with their clients. It is a job that requires stupendous communication skills, as well as a great deal of empathy and tact.

The working times for a counsellor job are standard office hours on weekdays, though some evening and weekend work may be necessary from time to time. Full-time counsellors will generally spend approximately 20 hours of a working week in appointments with clients.

Counsellor Educational Requirements

There are numerous avenues for those who aspire to work in counsellor jobs. Undergraduate degrees in counselling are offered at a multitude of universities. Similarly, training courses are offered by many professional counselling bodies – such as the National Counselling Society or the UK Council for Psychotherapy. Wide-ranging life experience is also considered to be a great asset for potential counsellors, as is voluntary work available through charity jobs.

Counsellor Job Market

The counsellor job market is expanding, leading to a strong demand for new counsellors. A survey conducted in 2010 by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy found that 20% of people in Britain has, at some point in their life, consulted a counsellor or therapist. Data from the National Careers Service indicates that as many as 30,000 extra jobs will be created in the mental health support industry over the next five years.

Counsellor Salary Information

Full-time counsellors can earn between £19,000-£26,000 a year at the beginning of their careers. Counsellors who progress to a supervisory capacity in casework supervisor jobs can make up to £40,000 a year. Some in counsellor jobs will work in private practice where charge rates are usually £40-£50 an hour.

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