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 by helping them to develop strategies to cope with emotional, mental or lifestyle issues.

Careers Ladder


You will require formal, nationally recognised qualifications. Consider certifications in;

  • Diploma of Counselling 
  • Bachelor of Counselling 

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