The term counselor is often used broadly as someone who “gives advice” or “helps.” In the context of mental health treatment, counselors are licensed medical professionals who work closely with individuals assisting them in resolving, managing, and improving their behaviors, emotions, relationships. Counselors also help individuals address any other concerns they may be having. Education requirements of mental health counselors vary by state; most states require a master’s degree in order to be licensed to treat individuals. Counselors work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, outpatient clinics, schools, private practices, businesses, and government agencies.