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Below is a list of links to anonymous job profiles of REAL PEOPLE who have filled out our survey and offered to share their insights with our users about their job in the Therapist field.
IDJob TitleGenderAgeEarningsCity & StateDate
33317Employment Rehabilitation CoordinatorFemale44 $38,000Ardmore, PA01/01/2010
33217Dual Diagnosis Therapist, ImfFemale29 $24,000Anaheim, CA01/01/2010
33144Therapeutic Case ManagerFemale28 $35,000Kent, NY01/01/2010
32543Marriage And Family TherapistFemale27 $50,000Rocky Hill, CT01/01/2010

Overview

A therapist is a licensed medical professional that evaluates, diagnosed and treats people with a wide range of mental and emotional disorders. They are so important because they help a wide range of individuals to improve their health and live happier lives.

Therapy is a broad field with lots of opportunities and ways to specialise. Most therapist work in hospitals, schools, clinics or private practices and their duties and responsibilities vary on where they work and their specialization. However, typically they will help clients reflect in issues so that they can make a positive change, keep records of sessions and reviewing and developing their interventions to ensure they are effective.

Working as a therapist can be emotionally demanding as you will often work with people who are not doing well. Sometimes, these people do not progress in the way it was planned or hope, which can be even more emotionally draining. What is more, is that the education path to becoming a therapist often requires a lot of commitment and hard work. Most therapists are required to achieve a bachelor?s degree in psychology, or a related field, as a minimum. To progress, a masters or doctorate degrees are highly favoured. After this, all therapists will also have to obtain licensure from the relevant governing body.

However, despite the emotional challenge and lengthy education path, a career as a therapist offers great job satisfaction as you will constantly be helping others, learning something new and meeting new people. A career as a therapist is generally quite well paid, with flexible working hours and lots of opportunities for professional and skill advancement and development.

Therapists need to be empathetic, critical thinkers and excellent communicators. Successful therapists will also be good at boundary setting and show a strong self-motivated and business-oriented mindset. If you are interested in a fulfilling and rewarding career, that?s main duty is to help people, then a career in therapy may just be the one for you?


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