A counseling degree is normally completed in two to three years, but a doctorate in psychology is typically completed in five to six years. A career in mental health might be accelerated by obtaining certification as a counselor.
Counselors must complete a four-year undergraduate degree and, in most cases, a master’s degree before they may begin practicing. It will take between two and three years to complete a master’s degree program.
Clinical psychologists require both an undergraduate degree (four to five years of college) and a doctoral degree in order to practice their profession (four to seven years of graduate school).
Psychology, sociology, statistics, research and counseling techniques, as well as training relevant to the sort of counseling you choose to pursue, will be covered in depth throughout your coursework. Counselors who have earned a master’s degree will be required to complete supervised clinical practice before practicing.