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Working As A Psychotherapist

  • $54,262

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What Does A Psychotherapist Do

A Psychotherapist's responsibility is to help clients who suffer from symptoms like depression, anxiety, and other behavioral problems. They work with individuals, couples, and families.

How To Become A Psychotherapist

Although psychologists typically need a doctoral degree in psychology, a master’s degree is sufficient for some positions. Psychologists in independent practice also need a license.

Education

Most clinical, counseling, and research psychologists need a doctoral degree. Students can complete a Ph.D. in psychology or a Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) degree. A Ph.D. in psychology is a research degree that is obtained after taking a comprehensive exam and writing a dissertation based on original research. Ph.D programs typically include courses on statistics and experimental procedures. The Psy.D. is a clinical degree and is often based on practical work and examinations rather than a dissertation. In clinical, counseling, school, or health service settings, students usually complete a 1-year internship as part of the doctoral program.

School psychologists need an advanced degree and certification or licensure to work. The advanced degree is most commonly the education specialist degree (Ed.S.), which typically requires a minimum of 60 graduate semester credit hours and a 1,200-hour supervised internship. Some school psychologists may have a doctoral degree in school psychology or a master’s degree. School psychologists’ programs include coursework in both education and psychology because their work addresses education and mental health components of students’ development.

Graduates with a master’s degree in psychology can work as industrial-organizational psychologists. When working under the supervision of a doctoral psychologist, master’s graduates can also work as psychological assistants in clinical, counseling, or research settings. Master’s degree programs typically include courses in industrial-organizational psychology, statistics, and research design.

Most master’s degree programs do not require an undergraduate major in psychology, but do require coursework in introductory psychology, experimental psychology, and statistics. Some doctoral degree programs require applicants to have a master’s degree in psychology; others will accept applicants with a bachelor’s degree and a major in psychology. 

Most graduates with a bachelor’s degree in psychology find work in other fields such as business administration, sales, or education.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

In most states, practicing psychology or using the title of “psychologist” requires licensure. In all states and the District of Columbia, psychologists who practice independently must be licensed where they work.

Licensing laws vary by state and type of position. Most clinical and counseling psychologists need a doctorate in psychology, an internship, at least 1 to 2 years of supervised professional experience, and to pass the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology. Information on specific state requirements can be obtained from the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards. In many states, licensed psychologists must complete continuing education courses to keep their licenses.

The American Board of Professional Psychology awards specialty certification in 15 areas of psychology, such as clinical health, couple and family, or rehabilitation. The American Board of Professional Neuropsychology offers certification in neuropsychology. Board certification can demonstrate professional expertise in a specialty area. Certification is not required for most psychologists, but some hospitals and clinics do require certification. In those cases, candidates must have a doctoral degree in psychology, state license or certification, and any additional criteria of the specialty field.

Training

Prospective practicing psychologists must have pre- or post-doctoral supervised experience, including an internship. Internships allow students to gain experience in an applied setting. Candidates must complete an internship before they can qualify for state licensure. The required number of hours of the internship varies by state.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Psychologists must be able to examine the information they collect and draw logical conclusions from them.

Communication skills. Psychologists must have strong communication skills because they spend much of their time listening to and speaking with patients. 

Observational skills. Psychologists study attitude and behavior. They must be able to watch people and understand the possible meanings of facial expressions, body positions, actions, and interactions.

Patience. Psychologists must be able to demonstrate patience, because conducting research or treating patients may take a long time.

People skills. Psychologists study and help people. They must be able to work well with clients, patients, and other professionals.

Problem-solving skills. Psychologists need problem-solving skills to design research, evaluate programs, and find treatments or solutions for mental and behavioral problems.

Trustworthiness. Psychologists must keep patients’ problems in confidence, and patients must be able to trust psychologists’ expertise in treating sensitive problems.

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Real Psychotherapist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Clinical Psychotherapist Bergen Psychiatric Associates P C Hackensack, NJ Aug 01, 2015 $83,480
Clinical Psychotherapist Bergen Psychiatric Associates Hackensack, NJ Aug 01, 2015 $83,480
Psychotherapist Cognitive Behavioral Services Inc. Philadelphia, PA Jan 07, 2016 $77,219
Psychotherapist Cognitive Behavioral Services Inc. Philadelphia, PA Sep 28, 2016 $77,219
Psychotherapist Cognitive Behavioral Services Inc. Philadelphia, PA Sep 24, 2016 $77,219
Psychotherapist Cognitive Behavioral Services Inc. Philadelphia, PA Oct 13, 2014 $77,219
Psychotherapist Cognitive Behavioral Services Inc. Philadelphia, PA Sep 30, 2014 $77,219
Psychotherapist Citywide Community Counseling Services Inc. Philadelphia, PA Sep 09, 2015 $75,132
Psychotherapist Refugee and Immigrant Assistance Center Plainville, MA Nov 14, 2013 $70,666
Psychotherapist Citywide Community Counseling Services Inc. Philadelphia, PA Sep 19, 2009 $66,784
Program Psychotherapist SCO Family of Services Sea Cliff, NY Sep 01, 2014 $62,571
Program Psychotherapist SCO Family of Services Sea Cliff, NY Sep 01, 2013 $62,571
Psychotherapist Best Behavioral Healthcare Inc. Philadelphia, PA Jul 09, 2013 $62,255
Psychotherapist Best Behavioral Healthcare Inc. Philadelphia, PA Sep 19, 2013 $62,255
Psychotherapist Committed To Change, PC Cumberland, MD May 27, 2015 $60,000
Psychotherapist Gail B Sher San Francisco, CA Sep 28, 2012 $60,000
Psychotherapist Mental Health Providers of Western Queens, Inc. NY Sep 20, 2011 $53,385
Psychotherapist Mental Health Providers of Western Queens, Inc. Jackson, NY Dec 01, 2012 $53,114
Psychotherapist Center of Revitalizing Psychiatry, PC Hackensack, NJ Aug 22, 2008 $53,000
Psychotherapist Mental Health Providers of Western Queens, Inc. Jackson, NY Mar 05, 2012 $52,425
Psychotherapist Mental Health Providers of Western Queens, Inc. Jackson, NY Aug 01, 2011 $52,425
Psychotherapist Imces, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jun 21, 2010 $52,000
Psychotherapist Institute for Multicultural Counseling & Education Los Angeles, CA Jun 21, 2010 $52,000

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Top Skills for A Psychotherapist

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Top Psychotherapist Skills

  1. Individual Therapy
  2. Treatment Plans
  3. Mental Health Issues
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided individual therapy and primary facilitation of group, milieu and family therapy sessions.
  • Develop therapeutic and treatment plans based on clients' interests, abilities, and needs.
  • Provide individual psychotherapy to clients for a variety of mental health issues.
  • Created integrated mental health assessment, treatment plans, and facilitated individual and family therapy sessions for approximately 25 outpatient clients.
  • Specialized in treatment of trauma, anxiety disorders and addictions.

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