OFO No: 263501





Other names for a Counsellor:

Social Counselling Worker
Bereavement Counsellor
Genetic Counsellor
HIV / AIDS Counsellor
Trauma Counsellor
Women’s Welfare Organiser


What is a Counsellor?

Counselling is a branch of psychology. There are many fields of counselling. It would be advisable for you to do some research of your own to check out all the possible options. You certainly want to choose the right path for yourself.

Counsellors help people or groups of people to understand their problems and work towards setting goals and solutions for these problems. Counsellors assist people to manage their lives better, to instil confidence and give them the emotional tools to cope.

Once qualified, you will be able to practice in these approved areas:

  • Psychometrics
  • Career Counselling
  • Trauma Counselling
  • Community Mental Health
  • Family Counselling
  • School Counselling
  • Sports Counselling
  • HIV and AIDS Counselling
  • Human Resources
  • Pastoral Counselling

Counsellors are good listeners and are empathic to the person’s feelings and situation.

What does a Counsellor do?

  • establishes a trusting report with client/patient
  • puts the client at ease so they are willing to ‘open up’ about their emotions/situation
  • listens attentively without interrupting
  • helps clients understand and deal with their situation
  • asks questions to consolidate facts
  • assists clients with decisions to ‘move forward’
  • in the case of social work, liaises with other agencies
  • organises group sessions as well as one-to-one sessions
  • keeps detailed records and notes on client
  • in extreme or difficult cases, refers client/patient to specialists

Are you . . . ?

  • interested in people and their mental and emotional well-beiing?
  • understanding?
  • non-judgemental?
  • respectful?
  • a good listener and attentive?
  • good at logically formatting information?
  • intuitive?
  • empathic?
  • positive
  • emotional strong and confident?

How do I become a Counsellor? 

Other Counselling careers you can follow:

  • 263501 – Social Counselling Work / Genetic / HIV & AIDS  / Trauma Counsellor  etc
  • 263502 – Addictions Counsellor / Drug & Alcohol / Gambling / etc
  • 263503 – Marriage & Family Counsellor / Family Court / Family Therapist / etc
  • 263504 – Rehabilitation Counsellor / Life Coach
  • 263505 – Student Counsellor
  • 263506 – Parole or Probation Officer / Community Corrections Officer
  • 263507 – Social Worker
  • 263508 – Child & Youth Care Worker
  • 263509 – Parole Board Member
  • 263510 – Employee Wellness Practitioner


To become a Counsellor you will need some psychology training but to become a Registered Counsellor you will have to complete a 4 year Bachelor of Science Honours degree with a 6 month internship.

Most universities offer a B.Soc.Sci degree. Check with your local university to see what they offer.

Make sure you know what their minimum entry requirements are.

CLICK HERE to check institutions online.


Offer various courses



OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER: Psychologist or Special Needs Teacher

Is becoming a Counsellor the right career choice for me?