Beancat I'm a social worker - and do a surprising amount of counselling for someone who was "never going to do counselling!" ... what sorts of areas interest you? If you do want to go into counselling just be mindful that to be a medicare provider you need to be a psych or social worker (for the mental health plans).
Also, think about what populations you want to service and if working for yourself or someone else (eg I work in a hospital) interests you. Eg if you want to work with disadvantaged people, but want to go into private practise how are they going to access you? As fees will need to be enough to cover costs and provide you with enough to live on etc.
I'm more than happy to chat more if you like.
I know what you mean - before starting in my current role, I always struggled with ideas. I actually chose a course that is masters by coursework but since starting my current job I have enough ideas for a dozen projects so thought I'd bite the bullet and just do a small one (the research project I've opted to do is equivalent to 2 subjects, rather than my whole masters, and the rest of it coursework).
However, I am currently working with some really complex post-separated families experiencing significant (ongoing) family violence and struggling with child protection and family court as the family violence is all covert / emotional/coercive control stuff (with a history of reproductive abuse, finanical abuse, medical neglect) which is really hard to "prove" and its opened my eyes to a huge gaping hole in the current services, frameworks and literature that is currently available in this space and so I see a huge potential for me to do some really practical research in this space - which ultimately, will help my practice and in turn hopefully help these families. And after talking with my colleague, we've come up with an idea for my masters project that can then ultimately lead into a phd should I decided to do that .... which I am starting to entertain the idea of, despite trying to manage work, 3 kids, the dog etc