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How to Become A Counsellor in 10 Easy Steps

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Step 1 - Decide You Want To Be a Counsellor

Deciding you want to be a Counsellor is a big step to take, as it requires a great deal of time and commitment. At this stage you should be doing research on everything involved with being a Counsellor, from possible career paths to the personal qualities needed to become a successful Counsellor. Websites such as BACP and CPCAB are great sources in providing overviews on how to become a Counsellor, from available training options to finding a career.

Step 2 - Making Sure That You Are a Good ‘Fit’ To Become a Counsellor

Counsellors come from all walks of life, much like the clients they build relationships with. This means that there is no ‘wrong’ fit for the field, however there are certain qualities such as the ability to work with people from all backgrounds to being empathetic that can be essential in the making a successful Counsellor.

Although not everyone is expected to possess all of these qualities to begin with, having some of the basics in hand does mean that you are a good ‘fit’ to start with!

Step 3 - Getting Qualified As a Counsellor

In order to practice as a Counsellor in the UK it is recommended that you train and be qualified through an nationally recognised body. While counsellors are not regulated by law in the UK, most if not all employers and clients alike place a great deal of importance on using a Counsellor who is professionally trained and qualified.

Similarly employers and clients alike tend to prefer counsellors who are a member of a professional body such as The British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).

Step 4 - Decide How You Want To Study

Quite often the decision to become a Counsellor is not a first career choice, this means that people tend to move into the field after their second,third or even fourth job! There are a variety of options available on how you want to study, whether it be full-time or part-time.

However seeing as the majority of people looking to make a career change into the field are those who have prior time commitments such as work and family, there are now e-learning courses available.

Step 5 - Studying At Your Own Pace

Here at the Training we are delighted to offer our NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills (QCF) .

Our NCFE Level 3 is an e-learning course designed to meet your time commitments meaning that you are in charge of your start and finish dates (within a 12 month period).Our Diploma in Counselling Skills covers fundamental practices such as developing the ability to self-reflect using theoretical approaches to understanding group dynamics.

Apart from being a course that’s designed to allow our students to work at a pace suited to their needs the course also provides other benefits such as dedicated tutors who specialises in the area to unlimited exam resits.

Step 6 - Specialise

Although all forms of counselling use fundamental practices such as listening and trust many Counsellors do tend to specialise in a specific area such as family counselling, young people’s counselling to eating disorders.

Step 7 - Finding a Career

Now that you’ve qualified it’s time for a well deserved pat on the back!

When it comes to finding a career as a Counsellor there are quite a few options available, whether it be full-time, part-time or on a freelance basis. Counsellors can often find themselves working in a variety of locations such as hospitals, health centres to schools depending on their area of specialty.

Regardless of what you decide to do, here at The Training Room we provide each and every student with career support for 3 years from the moment they register.

Step 8 - Getting Down to Business

Once you have started working as a Counsellor you should be making use of every opportunity to develop within the role, whether it be building your area of speciality to moulding your unique approach as a Counsellor. The field of counselling is suited for many sectors, from private to public so you can always keep in mind that there are many options available for you to pursue!

Step 9 - Enjoy Your Success

Once you’ve found your feet as a Counsellor you will start to see the rewards of your dedication and commitment. The starting salary of a Counsellor is anywhere in the region of £20,000 to £26,000. Additionally Counsellors who choose to practice privately can decide to charge around £30 to £50 per hour.

Step 10 - Continuing To Grow

Well done, it’s time to celebrate as you are now a successful Counsellor!

Now that you’ve found a job you love, you can continue to grow in the role! In a field as vast as counselling you can keep developing your skills, whether it be through further qualifications to acquiring new skills.

As you continue to develop as a Counsellor you can also expect to grow your potential earnings, likewise the development of your skills will also increase your chances of career progression to managerial positions.

Want Some More Information?

If you are interested in further information about our counselling course or any other courses offered here at The Training Room you can check out our website.

Likewise if you much rather speak to you in person, you can call us or request for us to give you a call to speak to one of our welcoming advisors.


Global Administrator | 01/02/2017 16:48:19

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