Estela, First I think it's great that you are interested in being a counselor. As stated by Natalie, there are many tracks that can lead you to being a counselor. You may enter through the education department and become a school counselor in Tx. You may enter through the Social Work Department, or the Psychology Dept. In some states, you may get a bachelor's degree in any chosen field, and then begin your work in your master's degree program. First of all, you must find out what your state requirements are for licensure, etc. Since I have been a Licensed Professional Counselor, the requirements have changed and require more hours of internship. Again, you need to check with your states requirements. You state that you like to socialize and give advise when needed. I think those are lovely skills to posses no matter what your chosen field. If I may, I would like to tell you a little about my experience as a counselor. First, you probably know socializing with your clients would not be a good idea as ethical boundaries prevent dual relationships. Second, most of my clients don't come for advice as much as just to be heard. It's amazing what a difference therapeutic listening can do for a person, as apposed to friends or relatives listening. As a therapist, I feel the best thing I do is listen without judgement and with unconditional regard for the uniqueness of each client. Each person that walks in the door has their own unique set of strengths and weaknesses. My job is to listen intently, seek out their strengths and build on those. If they need direction or guidance, there are many tools and techniques to offer. Also, it will be required that you yourself go to your own therapy sessions. I found those very helpful for my own personal growth. I'm glad you are thinking about the mental health field. I found it to be a wonderful fit for me, and I hope you find the same, should you decide to take this path.