University of Wisconsin–Madison

Mental Health Counselor (MHC)/Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)

Counselors in mental health or behavioral medicine advise individuals about how to deal with and overcome emotional, mental and social problems.

Specializations

Substance Abuse/AODA (Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse) Counselor – Substance abuse counselors work with individuals and families dealing with substance abuse problems.

Work Activities/Work Locations

Mental health counselors work in hospitals, behavior medicine facilities, prisons, rehabilitation centers, clinics, and other institutions. They work closely with other specialists including psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers. They provide individual and group therapy sessions and monitor the patient’s activities and progress during treatment. They also may refer patients to other resources and support services. Counselors may work evenings to accommodate clients’ schedules.

Getting Started

Career Outlook

Number Employed in 2014 (Wisconsin): 1,720
Number Employed in 2014 (U.S.): 134,500
Expected Employment in 2024 (U.S.): 160,900
Percent Employment Growth (2014-2024): 20%
Expected Annual Openings: 5,450
Median Salary in 2014 (Wisconsin): $44,790

Salary information is located at Career One Stop

Wisconsin AHEC Health Careers Information Center provides the most current salary information available from CareerOneStop. CareerOneStop will have a lapse between when the information is gathered and when it is released.