Marriage Counselor

Marriage counselors who are often called “family counselors” are trained to help couples who are experiencing difficult relationship problems. They meet with either one member of the marriage or both members of the marriage at which time they talk and utilize various techniques to work on solutions to marital issues that are impeding the couple’s lives. Sometimes marriage counselors help couples through rough periods in their marriage and sometimes they see their clients on a regular basis for years on end. The length and frequency of counseling sessions is dependent on the needs of the married couple. According to the website www.jobdiagnosis.com marriage counselors are often sought by couples who are contemplating a divorce and want to make a last effort to reconcile and save their marriage. Marriage counselors are often able to uncover the underlying issues that are disrupting a marriage and they can help the couple come up with a plan to resolve the issues that are causing a crisis. Besides divorce marriage counselors often help struggling couples deal with problems related to infertility infidelity domestic violence and situations involving one or both members of a marriage having a substance abuse problem. In order to become a marriage counselor a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree must be earned but some continue their education and earn a doctoral degree in counseling or clinical psychology. The website www.collegecrunch.org lists the average yearly salary for a marriage counselor between $33000 and $50000 per year.

Education Required: Master's Degree
Avg Salary: $41500
High Salary: $50000
Low Salary: $33000
Tasks: Works with married couples to resolve their conflicts.
Provides suggestions on how to cope with differences.
Attempts to prevent marriage break-ups.
Evaluates troubled relationships.
Also Called: Family Counselor
Marriage Therapist
Marriage Psychologist
Domestic Counselor
Additional Resources: http://www.jobdiagnosis.com/myblog/marriage-and-family-counselor-career.htm
http://www.toppsychologycolleges.com/marriage-and-family-counselor-job-description.html
http://www.collegecrunch.org/careers/psychology/marriage-and-family-counselor/