What is your current job title and how long have you been in this role I am a psychotherapist and I’ve been a psychotherapist for 28 years describe your career in educational path my education is first a bachelor’s degree in psychology a master’s degree in counseling and human development and a PhD in clinical psychology I started as an intern.
When I was doing my bachelor’s degree at a counseling agency and.
Continue to do that throughout my education until I became licensed as a mental health counselor and then started my own.
Private practice what is a typical day like for.
You I start my day at 9 o’clock and I see patients every hour on the hour until 5:00 p.
and I work Monday through Thursday and what are some.
Skills abilities and personal attributes that are essential to.
Success in your job so definitely the first skill is to be patient with people to be able to diagnose mental health issues and to also have the ability to be very empathetic and a good listener what qualifications.
Do you or the organization you work for look for in a new hire so the minimum qualifications is you have to be licensed as a mental health counselor and then most of the times if you want to have patients that use their insurance you have to have another 5 years experience to be on the panels to accept the insurance so we look for a minimum a.
Licensed and mental health counseling and at least 2 to 5 years experience where do you see this profession going in the next five to ten years.
So interestingly enough our profession it’s now going from an office into online so many therapists are now starting their practices online to be able to help people with mental health issues or people that need just general health in life and in an online setting do you think it’ll just transform completely to online or with others do I think there would still be people that are in an office especially because if you see children it’s difficult to do online counseling and.
There’s also high-risk patient’s that would be difficult to do online you need to see them in an office setting okay do you have any advice for me as I pursue this pathway so the biggest.
Advice I’d say is that you definitely have to be.
Very passionate about it because not only does it take a lot of schooling on a graduate degree there’s also a lot of time.
That you have to do as an intern and to be licensed so the one thing I would say is that if you really want to follow this career is to just you know feel passionate about it and to keep going and eventually it’s something that you will enjoy thank you very much you’re welcome.