Jobs: Looking for Piece of Mind Careers in Psychotherapy

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What does a career in psychotherapy involve

Psychotherapists use a variety of 'talking therapies' and psychological treatments (as opposed to drug or physical interventions) to alleviate distress, explore emotional problems, analyse past experiences and develop coping strategies for clients.

They work with clients on a one-to-one basis or with larger groups such as couples or families. Methods of treatment differ depending on the core theoretical framework that is being used which include: Psychodynamic - based on childhood experiences, dreams and the unconscious Behavioural - based on the belief that damaging behaviours can be unlearned or reconditioned Cognitive - based on questioning and changing self-deprecating thoughts and habitual responses What personal skills do you need? You should be empathetic, sincere and sensitive with good listening and questioning skills and a genuine interest in the emotional problems faced by people. You also need to be non-judgmental and tolerant.

Communication skills are essential

What training do you need.

A professional qualification from a school that is recognised by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is essential.

The training is usually a postgraduate qualification offered part-time and can take four to six years. An important element of the training will consist of supervised client work, giving practitioners the opportunity to establish professional relationships (contracts) with clients. …