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Counselor Deanna Troi of the USS Enterprise, circa 2367.

Definition from The Star Trek Encyclopedia: A Reference Guide to the Future 2nd Edition...

A counselor is a Starship officer responsible for the emotional well-being of the ship's crew. A Counselor's duties included providing individual guidance and advice to crew members, as well as periodic crew performance evaluations, usually performed with the ship's executive officer or other department heads. A counselor is also expected to provid advice to the ship's captain on command decisions.

Deanna Troi, Ezri Dax, Astall and Phillipa Mathias have all served as Starfleet counselors.

Morgan Bateson had at least one session with a Starfleet counselor, Bailey while adjusting to life in the 24th century, after emerging from nearly 80 years in a temporal causality loop. (TNG comic: "Out of Time")


Guinan, though not officially a counselor, is listed as an unofficial one according to Deanna Troi (via a [report in Guinan's personnel file); this information is found at
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Deanna Troi's office.

A counselor helps maintain the mental well-being of officers, crewmembers and others aboard a Starfleet starship or starbase. Starfleet requires the counselor be a senior officer and usually a member of the senior staff.

23rd century starships, like the Constitution-class USS Enterprise, had qualified psychiatrists as members of their crew. (TOS: "Where No Man Has Gone Before", "Dagger of the Mind")

By the 24th century, this grew to typically include a counselor amongst starship and starbase crews.

The counselor:

  • Should ensure all crew aboard a starship or starbase maintain adequate mental health; (TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint", et al) and
  • Could advise the commanding officer and other senior officers in many situations, such as first contact, cultural awareness and hostile encounter experiences; (TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint", "The Big Goodbye", et al)
  • Could relieve any officer or crewmember of duty where sufficient evidence exists that person is unable to perform their duties due to a mental condition. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Isolation")

Aboard some ships and bases, the commanding officer could allow the counselor to wear an alternate uniform other than the Starfleet uniform. For example, USS Enterprise-D counselor Deanna Troi was allowed to wear several variants under Captain Jean-Luc Picard's command; however, under Captain Edward Jellico's command, she was required to wear a Starfleet uniform. (TNG: "Chain of Command, Part I"). Captains John Sill, Alexandra de Groot, and Noel Turner required counselor Scott Fack wear Starfleet dress uniform during the appropriate ceremonies, and, typically, aboard the USS Prospect-A and USS Cantabrian, Fack wore a standard uniform when on duty. (Star Trek: The Prospect Chronicles; Star Trek: Minnesota; Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions)

Early drafts of the Next Generation episode "Relics" gave background into the counselor's role. Deanna Troi elaborated that Starfleet added counselors in the 2330s as extended space travel could result in mental or psychological conditions arising in the crew.


Klingons made very ill counselors, as Christopher Hobson claimed that no one would think of making a Berellian an engineer just as no one would put a Klingon as a counselor. (TNG: "Redemption II")

Romulans often reserved counselors to starships capable of deep-space operation. Unlike Klingons, who wouldn't place on of their own as a counselor, the Romulans made counselors by themselves, although they ranked somewhat lower than doctors in Romulan society. (RIS Bouteina)

Lyrans didn't trust their own kind for counseling; subject species of the Lyrans, such as Malachorians, were often called upon to perform medical and psychological duties. Nonetheless, some counselors could rise to command level, or even flag officer status in an emergency. (RIS Bouteina: "No Child Left Untested", "The Measure of a Romulan")

Notable Counselors

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