How to become a mental health counselor
If you’re thinking about entering the mental health field, now’s a good time. The projected growth rate for mental health counselors and family therapists is 29 percent between 2012 and 2022 — much faster than average for all occupations, according to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics.
By choosing this field, “you can help people lead more productive, happier lives,” says Christine Karper, PhD, a mental health counselor and area chair of the psychology program at the University of Phoenix® Central Florida Campus.
Here, Karper explains what to do to become a professional mental health counselor: