What does a Rehab Counselor do?

Rehab counselors provide counseling and support services to clients or patients who are recovering or rehabilitating from addiction, mental health issues, or physical conditions. These services may be provided on an outpatient basis or in residence while the individual is a patient or client admitted to a care facility. Counselors may provide individual or group therapy, and may share coping strategies and mental health techniques to help the individual better manage their mental health or addiction challenges. The counselor develops a recommended treatment or therapeutic plan. They also may provide crisis or emergency care.

Rehab counselors typically have a master’s degree in counseling, social work, or a related field, and a background in counseling or similar recovery support roles. They must have in-depth expertise with counseling techniques and practices. These roles generally have licensing or certification requirements.

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
17%
2 - 4
42%
5 - 7
21%
8+
20%

Rehab Counselor Seniority Levels

Psychiatric Technician
8% made the transition
Behavior Therapist
14% made the transition
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Rehab Counselor Salaries

Average Base Pay

$40,715 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$27K
Median: $41K
$61K
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