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Have you got what it takes to be a counsellor?

A rewarding career that makes a difference

In Australia, Counselling is an industry on the rise, with the community services sector being one of the nation’s highest growth sectors.

Counsellors provide confidential support, information and therapy to people struggling with personal difficulties or with mental health problems.

Counsellors work in diverse community settings designed to provide a variety of counselling, rehabilitation, and support services. Their duties vary greatly from managing a patient’s mental health concerns to relationship counselling. Counsellors make a real difference in people’s lives and it is a truly rewarding profession to be in.

Types of counselling

Counsellors are required in a variety of settings. Some types of counselling include:

  • Relationship counselling
  • Family therapy
  • Financial counselling
  • Rehabilitation counselling for people with a disability, health condition, or social disadvantage
  • School counselling
  • Counselling for older people
  • Counselling for children, teenagers, and young adults 
  • Carers’ counselling

There is also counselling to deal with issues such as anger management, grief, and loss, alcohol or drug addiction, or dealing with eating disorders like anorexia or bulimia.

A career in counselling

If you want to help others through life’s challenges, a career in counselling may be the career path for you. It takes a certain type of person to succeed in the field of counselling, as you need to be highly patient, warm, a good listener, observant, knowledgeable, and empathetic. 

If you are considering a career in counselling, as yourself these few questions:

  • Are you a good listener?
  • Can you keep a secret?
  • Do you genuinely care about others?
  • Are you naturally inquisitive?
  • Are you comfortable with talking to all types of people?
  • Are you a tolerant person?

If you answered yes to these, counselling could certainly be the pathway for you!

Getting started

TrainSmart offers a Diploma of Counselling, which is designed to equip you with knowledge and understanding to provide professional help as a counsellor. To find out more and get started in your counselling career, visit the TrainSmart Australia website.

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