social counsellor


Social counsellors provide support and guidance to individuals in the social work area, to help them solve specific problems in their personal life. It involves addressing personal and relationship issues, dealing with inner conflicts, crisis moments such as depression and addiction, in an attempt to empower individuals to achieve change and improve their life quality.

Scope notes

Excludes people performing counselling services in the medical therapeutic sense.

Alternative label

  • social psychologist

  • relationship advisor

  • crisis counsellor

  • rehabilitation support counsellor

  • youth counseller

  • social therapist

  • crisis intervention counsellor

  • personal counsellor

  • crisis situation counselor

  • crisis situation counsellor

  • social counselling worker

  • youth counsellor

  • gerontology counsellor

  • crisis intervension counsellor

  • crisis counselor

Regulatory aspect

To see if and how this occupation is regulated in EU Member States, EEA countries or Switzerland please consult the Regulated Professions Database of the Commission. Regulated Professions Database:


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