A counselor provides support and guidance to individuals, couples, families, and groups. Counselors work in a variety of settings to help people work through or overcome their personal, social and psychological challenges. A counselor who offers primarily mental and behavioral health counseling may be known as a mental health counselor or therapist. Guidance counselors help people with their educational and career goals.
The practice of counseling varies depending on the counselor’s specialty, setting and patient. In general, a counselor may:
Many different types of healthcare professionals can practice counseling, including licensed counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapists, and psychologists. Counselors may also be known by the following names: therapist, psychotherapist, psychoanalyst, and guidance counselor.
There are 476246 specialists practicing Counseling in the United States with an overall average rating of 4.0 stars. There are 1382 hospitals in the United States with affiliated Counseling specialists, including Choctaw Nation Health Care Center, Mercyone Waterloo Medical Center and Yale New Haven Hospital.