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What Can You Do With A Counseling Degree?

Bureau of Labor Statistics data indicates that employment of mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists is projected to grow 29 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Growth is expected in both occupations as more people have mental health counseling services covered by their insurance policies.

Mental health centers and other treatment and counseling facilities will need to hire more mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists, to meet this increased demand. In addition, the number of military veterans needing and seeking mental health treatment is expected to increase over the next decade. The federal government, community clinics, and local hospitals will need to expand their mental health counseling staff, to provide timely and effective treatment for veterans and active duty personnel. Furthermore, as the population grows, the number of individuals entering therapy is expected to increase, as well. This trend will cause continued demand for counselors in private practice, mental health centers, hospitals, and other organizations.

Saybrook’s LIOS MA Psychology Counseling program is specifically focused on the knowledge, experience, and practical skills you will need to become a professional Mental Health Counselor, or Licensed Professional Counselor. Degree preparation includes core knowledge, hands-on training, internship supervision, and close mentoring from experienced faculty who are experts actively practicing in the field. Students develop clinical skills in the theories of counseling to work with diverse populations to support capacities toward healing and meaningful life changes.

Career Opportunities

Licensed practitioners have many career opportunities in systems counseling. In addition to independent practice, our graduates work in nonprofit service centers, substance recovery centers, domestic violence centers, hospice outreach, adoption and foster transitional care, hospitals and ambulatory care, and anywhere and everywhere that reaches the populations they are passionate about supporting. To find out more about these professional training opportunities, request information about our graduate degree programs today.

Employers include:

  • community health centers
  • family service agencies
  • hospitals, medical, residential and ambulatory care
  • prisons and family support agencies
  • juvenile justice and child protective services
  • substance abuse clinics and recovery treatment centers
  • non-profit organizations
  • group and independent practice associations.