Licensed Psychologist (Male, Age 59) in Salem, MA

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At a Glance

Current Job

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Job TitleLicensed Psychologist
Salary$160,000
Other Compensation None Set
Hours/Week50
Company Size(not answered)
LocationSalem, MA
Years Experience26 years

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Current job Q&A

Describe the type of organization you work for.
I am a licensed psychologist working in a small independent practice consisting of 7 psychologists or psychitric social workers providing evaluative and mental health services in our local community.

Describe your job role and responsibilities.
Provide evaluation and psychotherapy services to adolescents, adults, couples, families and geriatric clients; consult to local businesses and other clinicians n mental health issues; manage administrative aspects of practice such as billing, notekeeping, etc.

Please list an additional benefits (beyond compensation) that you receive.
Since I am essentially self-employed, I must provide all benefits for myself. However, this is offfset by the flexibility of complete control over my schedule and time off.

Do you feel you are under/over or well/fairly compensated at your current position?
Yes

Does your job entail you working with others on a daily basis? Is this something you like/dislike about your job? Please explain.
My work consists entirely of providing service to others. I meet with various clients hourly every day. This is the essence of this job and I do enjoy the work and helping others solve personal problems.

Do you work collaboratively with supervisors/managers?

Do you work collaboratively with your co-workers?
Yes

Describe your work location (e.g., office, home, theatre, in the field) and what you like/dislike about working in it.
I participate in case consultation and discussion of clinical issues with the other professionals in this practice.

Please rate each of the following aspects of your current job on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest/best):
Income: 3
Benefits: 7
Hours: 5
Co-Workers: 4
Supervisors: 8
Job Title: 6
Level of Responsibility: 2
The Actual Work: 1

A day in the life of…

Please describe a typical workday for you in your current job:

5am to 6am
6am to 7am
7am to 8am7:30 Prepare for my day by reviewing charts, answering phone calls, completing paperwork.
8am to 9amPsychotherapy session #1 (50 minutes) All sesions include include notekeeping and completion of billing log.
9am to 10amPsychotherapy session #2.
10am to 11amPsychotherapy session #3.
11am to 12pmPsychotherapy session #4.
12pm to 1pmProfessional Development lunch with practice colleagues or local practic consortium.
1pm to 2pmPsychotherapy session #5.
2pm to 3pmPsychotherapy session #6.
3pm to 4pmPsychotherapy session #7.
4pm to 5pmPsychotherapy session#8.
5pm to 6pmPossibly an additional session or usually end of day phone calls and completion of paperwork.
6pm to 7pmAdditional cliens can be seen at night if one wants to increase one’s income or work with individuals who cannot attend during the day..
7pm to 8pm
8pm to 9pm
9pm to 10pm
10pm to 11pm
11pm to 12am

How you got your job

How did you get your current job?
I worked fro an institution (hospital) for several years and then provided the same service independently.

What was the application process?
Complted psychology licensing exam, developed a business plan, rentedan office and sought referrals.

Did you have to interview for your current job? If yes, what did the interview process entail?
Not relevant to my job.

If you can remember, what questions were you asked during the interview?

Do you feel your employer properly prepared you for your job? Explain.
My personal training described above prepared me well for my job and I also attend many hours of continuing education training each year to enhance my skills.

Was there training for your current position? If yes, what did it entail?
Yes, the training consisted of psycology raduate school that provided formal education in all aspects of psychology. This was followed by both a predoctoral as well as a psot doctoral clinical internship to gain practical skills and required hours for licensure.

Do you feel your educational background prepared you for your job? Explain.
Yes; psychologt graduate school has a prescribed curriculum that addresses all necessary aspects of psychological functioning.

If applicable, do you feel your internship experience helped you prepare for your job?
Yes, the internship positions were essential for fully understanding the nature of the work and to develop skills with access to supevision with more senior clinicians in my field.

If someone wanted to go about getting a job similar to yours, what would you recommend for him or her to do?
In order to do the work I do, an individual would need to complete a doctoral program in psychology and pass the state licensing exam as a psychologist.

What skills do you think a person should have if they want to pursue a position like yours?
1. High level of interpersonal skill including empathic ability, patience, sensitivity to others and ability to set limits as needed. 2) Excellent intellectual and conceptual abilities including a good memory and ability to attend to details. 3)Self-knowledge and ability to manage one’s personal issues and keep them separate from those of the client.

Do you feel that you need a certain level of education or training to be successful in your job?
Completion of a doctoral psychology program is a requirement.

What advice would you give to someone who was about to start work in your position/ line of work?
Make sure that you have the skills noted above, that you really enjoy extensive contact with people with problems and that you can work independently sometimes without support on a regular basis.

Long-term career plans

Is your current employment part of your overall career plan? Why or why not?
Yes, I am in a later part of a career that I did plan and have found fulfilling.

What are your current career goals?
This is a career that I can maintain at a full time or part-time level as long as I am able to work. There is no necessity that I retire at any particular age and I can continue with this job into my older years at any pace until I myself no lomger wish to wrk.

Is there anything else you would like to share about your career?
Hghly recommended for anyone interested in the helping professions.

Prior work history

Please list your most recent jobs prior to this current job:

TitleLengthSalaryDescription
Prior Job 1Psychologist4 years35000Provided mental health services and consultation in a pediatric hospital.
Prior Job 2Counselor2 years20000Provided counseling and support to hospitalized individuals on a psychiatric unit.

Educational background

Please list your educational background:

High School GPA:

GPASchoolDegree
College (Undergraduate)
or Technical/Vocational
Brandeis UniversityPsychology
Graduate or Professional
(Masters or Doctorate)
Boston UniversityCounseling Psychology

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