I want to change my career and become a mental health counselor. I currently work in sales. I want to consider only the best online psychology schools. No degree mills. My bachelor's GPA was a 4.0 with a general psychology major. Can you give me a list of online counseling master's that will help me become a therapist or mental health counselor? I'd like an American Psychological Association (APA) accredited program.
—Jamie in California
Mental Health Counselor Requirements
There are four steps to becoming a mental health counselor: 1) earn an accredited counseling degree; 2) work as a counselor and acquire supervised clinical practice hours; 3) pass a felony and child abuse background check; and 4) pass a national or state licensing or certification exam post-degree.
Certified Mental Health Counselor
Earning a degree in counseling or clinical psychology is only half the battle. All 50 states and the District of Columbia have some form of counselor licensure that governs the practice of mental health counseling.
Online Counseling Master's Degree
- Online Master's in Counseling
- Online Master's in Drug and Alcohol Counseling
- Online Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT)
How Much Does a Mental Health Counselor Make?
First, the good news. This career is expected to grow 24 percent—much faster than average—through 2018. States are creating networks to improve services for children with serious emotional disturbances and their families. These networks need staffing.
What is a Mental Health Counselor?
Online Counseling Degrees for Mental Health Counselors — Career Change
Any APA Accredited Online Psychology Programs?
Best Buy Online Masters Degrees in Psychology & Human Services
Vicky Phillips was cited in 2009 by US News & World Report as "for 20 years the leading consumer advocate for online college students." In 1989 she designed America's first online counseling center for distance learners on AOL. In 1998 she authored the first print guide to online graduate degrees, Best Distance Learning Graduate Schools put out by the Princeton Review. In 2001 she authored Never Too Late to Learn the Adult Student's Guide to College. She oversees the best online college rankings and reviews for GetEducated.com.