Therapists are generally required to have a bachelor’s degree if not a master’s or doctoral degree, depending on the state and the type of professional counseling they choose to pursue. One can research the requirements for their own state to get an idea how much education is required. There is a difference between Therapists and counselors; therapists are also counselors but counselors are not always therapists. A therapist in mental health or psychology usually has at least a master’s degree. Therapists do clinical work, and have more autonomy and authority in practice.Counselors typically do not have the same education requirements, may work in public, non profit, or sliding scale facilities, and are restricted to certain areas of performance. Those pursuing the field in either capacity will need major coursework in sociology, family studies, child development, counseling psychology, or related areas; they will also be required to have accrued required clinical hours prior to practicing professionally. Clinical hours are earned by providing actual services alongside a licensed therapist, or under supervision in a special clinical setting.