A Mental Health Counselor assists in the recovery process of patients suffering from psychological and behavioral problems and provides timely counseling to them. You may work in schools, office or home. A Mental Health Counselor plays an important role in the rehabilitation of patients that have any disorder as, depression, substance abuse, suicidal tendencies stress anxiety, grief, etc.
A Mental Health Counselor works in diverse areas aiding in treatment of disorders that are behavioral, psychological or attitude based. They may have to work with children and adolescents with learning problems or behavior problems. Their duties are to:
1) Provide counseling, rehabilitation and support services.
2) Talk, listen, observe and analyze patients and suggest a suitable mode of treatment. They may refer to specialists for treatment.
3) Suggest therapy in groups or individually as a mode of treatment.
4) They do not treat patients but help in the rehabilitation of the patient under going treatment.
5) Suggest ways to encourage patients to become healthy. Counsel their family about the ways of coping with patients.
6) Counsel the family members of the patient to create an environment that would hasten healing.
7) Counsel couples and help them sort out relationship problems.
8) Communicate with the work place or school to discuss about the stressors.
9) Help with job and career concerns.
10) Work with patients in drug rehabilitation process.
11) Help elderly people recover from depression.
12) Work closely with psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical social workers, psychiatric nurses and other mental health professionals.
Educational Qualification and Experience:
1) A Master’s degree is essential in psychology or human services related.
2) A valid Florida Professional Licensed. May be required to get certification from the National Board of Certified Counselors.