Counseling Psychologists

Human Services > Counseling & Mental Health Services

Projected Growth: Much faster than average

Projected Job Openings

Extensive Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Assess and evaluate individuals’ problems through the use of case history, interview, and observation and provide individual or group counseling services to assist individuals in achieving more effective personal, social, educational, and vocational development and adjustment.

Common job titles of Counseling Psychologists include:

Experience and Education

Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.

  • 40.41% said they needed a Post-Doctoral Training.

  • 26.73% said they needed a Master's Degree.


    Develop therapeutic and treatment plans based on clients' interests, abilities, or needs.

    Document patient information including session notes, progress notes, recommendations, and treatment plans.

    Analyze data, such as interview notes, test results, or reference manuals, to identify symptoms or to diagnose the nature of clients' problems.

    Collect information about individuals or clients, using interviews, case histories, observational techniques, and other assessment methods.

    Advise clients on how they could be helped by counseling.

    Counsel individuals, groups, or families to help them understand problems, deal with crisis situations, define goals, and develop realistic action plans.

    Consult with other professionals, agencies, or universities to discuss therapies, treatments, counseling resources or techniques, and to share occupational information.

    Supervise interns, clinicians in training, and other counselors.

    Evaluate the results of counseling methods to determine the reliability and validity of treatments.

    Refer clients to specialists or to other institutions for noncounseling treatment of problems.

    Provide consulting services, including educational programs, outreach programs, or prevention talks to schools, social service agencies, businesses, or the general public.

    Select, administer, and interpret psychological tests to assess intelligence, aptitudes, abilities, or interests.

    Conduct research to develop or improve diagnostic or therapeutic counseling techniques.


Universal serial bus USB flash drives

Tablet computers

Personal computers

Laptop computers

Desktop computers

Biofeedback equipment


Addison Health Systems WritePad

Anasazi Software Client Data System

Athena Software Penelope Case Management

B Sharp Technologies B Care

BlackHawk Canyon Publishers PracticianWorks

Blueberry Harbor Software Clinical Record Keeper

Bluewater Management Systems BMCASE

All Technologies

BRB Software HorizonMIS

Clinivate Clinitrak

Comprehensive Affect Testing System CATS

Core Solutions Care Enterprise

DocuTrac QuicDoc

Fagerman Technologies MedLook

Google Sheets

Health Care Software HCS INTERACTANT


JTL Enterprises MedIntake

Mdansby The PsychReport


Medical Outcome Systems eMINI Software Suite

Medicine Rules PowerSEAT 360

MICA Information Systems MICA-MED Practice Manager

MPMsoft billing

MS*Health Software/CMHC

My Clients Plus

Neuro Innovations Therapist’s Toolkit

Neurobehavioral Systems Presentation

Noldus Information Technology The Observer

O*NET OnLine

Office Management Systems Mental Health Office All-in-One

Polaris Health Directions Polaris-MH

Practice Management Technologies Visual Private Office




PsyTech Solutions Epitomax

Serenic Navigator CommunityCare

Sigmund Software Sigmund

SpectraSoft AppointmentsPRO

Testing software


Thriveworks TherapyBuddy

Trinity Software Solutions BEACON

UNI/CARE Pro-Filer


Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.


Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.


Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.


Teaching others how to do something.


Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

Learning Strategies

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Systems Evaluation

Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Management of Personnel Resources

Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.


Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity

Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression

Speak clearly so others can understand you.

Auditory and Speech Abilities › Sensory Abilities › Speech Clarity

Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning

Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning

Come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Originality

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