Family and Marriage Counsellor

A Family and Marriage Counsellor works with families and couples to nurture changes and develop interpersonal communication skills. They have a wide range of clients from premarital couples to married couples and nuclear families to joint families at once. They possess compassion and empathy and are also known as good listeners.

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KEY SKILLS

  • Patience 

  • High Emotional Quotient 

  • Passion for mental health care 

  • Excellent communication skills 

  • Conflict Resolution 

  • Leadership

PROS

  • It is rewarding to make a difference in people's life

  • Sometimes a counsellor brings hope and a friendly face to a lonely person- especially someone who has lost their loved one or lives in an abusive environment

  • Clients may be very interesting and from diverse backgrounds

  • Good salary 

  • Flexible working hours if working in a private practice

CONS

  • It is emotionally draining when dealing with failed relationships or people from abusive households

  • Breaking the stigma of mental health care is even more diffiicult when one person from the pair of clients does not want to be there

  • Families may expect you to work miracles and fix lost causes

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  • Private practise 

  • NGOs

  • Social Service agencies 

  • Family Services 

  • Government agencies 

  • Substance abuse centres

  • You are able to look at things from an unbiased perspective

  • You have excellent communication skills

  • You are able to create and maintain healthy and longlasting relationships

  • You can identify traits and behaviours that cause relationships to fail

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