InLoveWithLove said on
While some people possess a knack for giving great advice, in this day and age, you'll need a degree in psychology or another related field to show people your qualifications. To be successful, you'll need a great track record and reviews from your first few clients. People tend to stick with and gravitate to what has been known to show results.
Charlize said on
To add to what InLovewithLove said, I'd suggest shadowing or working for an experienced counselor so that you can learn a few tricks of the trade before you start your own business or get into the field. They can tell you the best ways to tackle certain problems and how to deal with emotional, stoic, silent or uncooperative clients.
Stanton said on
To become a marital counselor you would probably need to have some relevant qualification. But more than that, the most important requirements would be a loving and compassionate desire to help people overcome the struggles they are going through. You would need to come from a perspective of empathy, realizing that in another time or place you could just as well have been the one sitting in the other chair. An attitude of superiority, smugness or pride will immediately disqualify you from becoming a successful marital counselor. When people sense that you care about them without judging or blaming them, they will respect you and learn from you.
Bradon said on
If you want to become a marriage counselor, you will first need to complete a bachelor’s degree in psychology, social work, counseling, or a related field. While studying for your bachelor’s, you should take electives that focus on marriage and family relationships. That will help you prepare for graduate school. Once you’ve obtained a bachelor’s degree, you’ll need a master’s degree (in most states) before you can legally call yourself a marriage counselor. In addition to all of this education, you also will need real-world experience in a clinical setting seeing clients while under the supervision of a professional marriage counselor.