Much like psychologists, counselors work with both individuals and groups to help facilitate positive social, emotional, and behavioral growth. However, most counseling fields require less formal education and fieldwork experience than full-fledged psychology careers. A master’s degree and state license is sufficient for most positions.
School counselors support students’ social, emotional, and academic growth. They also work with other educational stakeholders – families, teachers, school staff, and the community – to promote positive and productive learning environments.
Mental health counselors support and treat people suffering with mental and/or behavioral problems including stress, grief, anxiety, depression, and destructive urges. Often times, counselors’ support extends beyond individuals to include the family, friends, and coworkers most closely affected by their patients’ issues.