You are off to a great start! You sound passionate about helping those who need help in the area of marriage and family counseling. Next, try speaking to a family counselor about their job. Perhaps your school has a psychologist on staff. Next, I would take a psychology course to see if the subject matter is interesting to you. You might also want to take a child development class. Characteristics you will need are great listening skills, remaining neutral in a conflict, seeing both sides of a story and not making judgements. You will need an undergraduate degree in psychology and earn a certificate in Family and Marriage counseling. Go to Occupational Outlook Hand Book On line and look at what the requirements are, the specifics of the job, and the outlook for the position. Good luck.