Job Description

Counsellors give talking therapy to help people deal with emotional issues or difficulties. They work face-to-face with individual clients, couples or small groups.

Careers Ladder


Complete a Diploma of Counselling (CHC51015) which will introduce you to the field of counselling and qualify you for entry level roles within the industry. This qualification can also be used as a pathway into further study.

Complete an undergraduate degree such as a Bachelor of Counselling which is the most common qualification needed to be registered as a fully qualified Counsellor.

Once you have finished your training you will have the opportunity to apply for membership with external bodies such as the Australian Counselling Association (ACA).


  • Approachable
  • Calm
  • Cheerful
  • Communicator
  • Discerning
  • Educated
  • Friendly
  • Insightful
  • Interpersonal
  • Intuitive
  • Patient
  • Perceptive
  • Positive
  • Quiet
  • Reliable
  • Welcoming

Key Skills

  • Understanding
  • Listening and talking
  • Developing
  • Working with Children
  • Collaboration
  • Written Communicator
  • Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency Registration
  • Counselling Services
  • Domestic Violence

Future Prospects

There are many future career propects in this category. These include but are not limited to;

  • Drug & Alcohol Councellor
  • Family and Marriage Counsellors
  • Rehabilitation Counsellor
  • Student Counsellor
  • Life Coach
  • Career Counsellor
  • Social Worker
  • Psychologist