Rehabilitation Counsellor



OFO No: 263504





Other names for Rehabilitation Counsellor:

  • Life Coach


Youtube clipe – A Rehabilitation Counsellor’s Career

For training options in South Africa – scroll down


What is a Rehabilitation Counsellor?

A Rehabilitation Counsellor provides support and counselling to those people or groups who are physically, mentally or socially challenged and try to help them fit into society: (home, work and community).

What does a Rehabilitation Counsellor do?

  • meets and interviews individual, families or groups of people
  • 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
  • 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 Rehabilitation Counsellor?

You will need a qualification.


  • A Bachelor’s degree / honours with a major in Psychology 
  • This can be done at most universities.


  • A Bachelor’s of Psychology degree (Rehabilitation Counsellor)
  • Followed by an internship in related field
  1. Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
  2. UKZN
  3. University of Pretoria
  4. UNISA
  5. Stellenbosch University
  6. University of Venda
  7. University of the Western Cape
  8. Walter Sisulu University


  • CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
  • Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
  • To avoid scams, make sure your institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education. CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions. 




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


OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER: Youth & Child Care Worker or Social Worker

Is becoming a Rehabilitation Counsellor the right career choice for me?


Qualification Required