Counsellors spend time listening and talking to people with issues and problems which could be caused by a relationship breakdown, the death of a loved one or difficulties dealing with everyday life. They will build a trusting, respectful and confidential relationship with their client and encourage them to talk about their feelings which will enable them to see things more clearly or from a different perspective.
There are no statutory regulations for this profession but you would improve you chances by gaining membership of a professional body such as the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Excellent communication and listening skills, the ability to inspire trust and make people feel relaxed, patience, tolerance and sensitivity, a non-judgemental attitude, awareness of confidentiality issues, able to deal with people from all backgrounds.
£19,000 to £26,000