Mental Health Counseling in Seattle

Seattle has one of the highest household median incomes in the US1, though its youth experience psychological distress at a rate similar to the national average. In 2012, more than one-fourth of Seattle youth reported depressive thoughts2. As a mental health counselor in Seattle, you can support those with mental illness as they learn to craft lives of wellness and meaning.

The median annual wage for mental health counselors in Seattle is $41,9703.

Between 2016 to 2026, employment opportunities for mental health counselors in Washington are projected to grow by 26 percent4.

How to Become a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle

The practice of mental health counseling in Seattle and cities across Washington is regulated by the state’s Department of Health. Before you can work with Seattle residents in need, you must meet the department’s standards for mental health counseling licensure. One requirement is to earn at least a master’s in mental health counseling. Resources for Washington licensing board can be found on NYU Steinhardt’s Professional Licensure page.

Why Counseling@NYU Mental Health Counseling?

NYU Steinhardt’s online counseling master’s program is accredited by the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council. Without relocating, you will be prepared to work with diverse people of all ages who have mental health concerns that are affecting their well-being.

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1 Seattle Times, “What is middle class in Seattle? Families now earn median of $121,000” arrow_upwardReturn to footnote reference

2, Behavioral Health in King County, Washingtonarrow_upwardReturn to footnote reference

3 CareerOneStop, Mental Health Counselors – Seattle, WAarrow_upwardReturn to footnote reference

4 CareerOneStop, Mental Health Counselors – Seattle, WAarrow_upwardReturn to footnote reference