M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Clinical Mental Health Counselors provide flexible, consumer-oriented therapy that combines traditional psychotherapy with a practical, problem-solving approach to create a dynamic and efficient path for change and problem resolution (www.amhca.org).

What do Clinical Mental Health Counselors Do?

Clinical Mental Health Counselors help people manage and overcome mental and emotional disorders and problems with their family and relationships. They listen to clients and ask questions to help the clients understand their problems and develop strategies to improve their lives. Clinical Mental Health Counselors can be employed in various settings like a private practice or within a counseling agency.

Occupational Outlook

The occupational outlook for Clinical Mental Health Counselors is expected to grow at a higher than average rate for the years 2012-2022.

2016 Median Pay $42,840 per year / $20.59 per hour
Education Master’s Degree (for positions beyond entry level)
Work Experience In Related Field Not Required
Training Practicum/Internship
Number of Jobs in 2014 168,200
Job Outlook 2014-2024 19% Higher than average rate
Employment Change 2014-2024 22,500

*The data provided above is based on information obtained from the Occupational Outlook Handbook published on December 17, 2015.


The Master of Arts program in Mental Health Counseling prepares counselors for careers in settings such as mental health, child welfare and family counseling agencies; institutions for the aging; employment and personnel offices; parishes; college counseling centers and fields dealing with chemical dependency and other addictions.