RN to Counselor??

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    Hello. I am considering going from a hospital RN to hanging my shingle and working in counseling. I have two degrees (one being my BSN degree). Do I still need to get a degree in Counseling?? Anyone know?? One can open their own counseling center right?? Mulling over the idea... what do you think?? THANKS!
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    I'm not sure I understand the question.... Your degrees are not in counseling? What type of counseling service would you offer? Is it related to nursing somehow?
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    Counseling for what? Like, a licensees professional counselor? If so, you must be licensed by going through a professional program (as the title LPC implies.). I'm not sure where you live, but in my neck of the woods, that means a Masters or Doctoral degree in psychology + internship.
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    Quote from Stephalump
    Counseling for what? Like, a licensees professional counselor? If so, you must be licensed by going through a professional program (as the title LPC implies.). I'm not sure where you live, but in my neck of the woods, that means a Masters or Doctoral degree in psychology + internship.
    It is the same in my area. You need at least a Masters degree in psychology with an emphasis in the type of counseling you want to do.
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    That's why I felt that I was misunderstanding the question. I've not heard of being able to hang a shingle as "counselor" without the educational background. Perhaps OP means some type of health-based counselling which would utilize her RN degree.

    Quote from Stephalump
    Counseling for what? Like, a licensees professional counselor? If so, you must be licensed by going through a professional program (as the title LPC implies.). I'm not sure where you live, but in my neck of the woods, that means a Masters or Doctoral degree in psychology + internship.
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    Quote from Stephalump
    Counseling for what? Like, a licensees professional counselor? If so, you must be licensed by going through a professional program (as the title LPC implies.). I'm not sure where you live, but in my neck of the woods, that means a Masters or Doctoral degree in psychology + internship.
    Funny, I was just researching this topic for myself. I feel done with nursing and that I would be a much better counselor. Then I saw how much much education I needed..... I don't have the time or money
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    Thanks everyone! Yes! You answered my questions.... I was not sure if I could just counsel without a degree in counseling or if I had to be certified in that... was wondering if the RN degree alone would suffice.

    Thanks all!!
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    No way. Whole different field.


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