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Often times the best mental health counseling professionals are those who at some point in their lives have suffered from the burdens of anxiety (see Anxiety), depression (see Depression) or a mental illness (see Mental Health Disorders) in some form or those who have been in direct contact with someone who has.
Many individuals who have seen the incredible benefits of mental health counseling have already acquired one of the most important qualities of a successful mental health counselor - a passion for the healing power of counseling.
However, ultimate success and effectiveness as a mental health counselor hinges on the cultivation of one's passion through the advancement of one's education and acquisition of counseling skills. Mental health counseling programs offer students the ability to increase their knowledge base, develop a network of professional contacts, and satisfy state licensing requirements that are necessary to practice as a mental health counselor.