Marriage & Family Counsellor



OFO No: 263503





Other names for Marriage & Family Counsellor:

  • Family Court Counsellor
  • Family Mediator
  • Family Therapist


What is a Marriage & Family Counsellor?

A Marriage & Family Counsellor provides counselling and support to individuals, couples, families etc who are having relationship problems.

What does a Marriage & Family Counsellor do?

  • meets and interviews individual, couple or family
  • analyses this information
  • designs programmes to help them reach their goals
  • monitors success of programmes
  • keeps in contact with healthcare professionals, teachers, community leaders etc
  • investigates any abuse that might be occuring
  • keeps detailed records

Are you . . . ?

  • caring and understanding?
  • dedicated?
  • passionate about helping people?
  • a hard worker?
  • a person with a positive attitude?
  • a motivator?
  • a good communicator?
  • a good listener?

How do I become a Marriage & Family Counsellor?

You will need a qualification.


  • Bachelor’s degree / Honours with a major in Psychology


  • Bachelors of Psychology degree with an internship in marriage & family counselling


  • Study to become a Social Worker plus workplace experience in marriage & family counselling


  • Study an Honours or 4 year degree in a related field and then gather work experience in the marriage & family counselling environment. You could also do a postgraduate qualification in Marriage & Family Counselling.
  1. University of the Western Cape



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To practice as a Counsellor, you must be registered with the HPCSA.


OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER: Addictions Counsellor or Phlebotomist

Is becoming a Marriage & Family Counsellor the right career choice for me?


Qualification Required