Funny you should ask...
This is what I am studying for!!
I am currently a Junior, and am pursuing a Bachelor's in Social Work. This way, I can work straight out of college. After that, I am going to obtain my Masters in Social Work, with an emphasis in Child and Family Counseling (this takes 10 months, since the BSW and MSW overlap)
After that, I am home free to get my licensing through EAGALA or NAHRA. They are the main accrediting bodies for this type of therapy.
Overall, this will probably take me about 3 more years, give or take. After I get my Masters, I can open my own agency or non-profit organization.
Oh and PS, I was a horse handler for a Hipportherapist for the past 5 years. Getting a job as a handler really is not a problem, but to be a counselor or therapist you need a degree. Psychology undergrads pretty much have to get their masters, whereas a BSW, like me, can work straight out of college as an undergrad. I cannot counsel, but I could work underneath a therapist as an advocate. The main reason I am going to get my Masters is to open my own place and to be a counselor and therapist, instead of working underneath one.