dcsimg

Career Story: Psychotherapist And Counselor

Psychotherapist And Counselor

Job Title: Psychotherapist

Type of Company: I work for a community-based mental health center and I also have my own psychotherapy practice.

Education: BS, Rehabilitation Counseling, University of Connecticut •• MSW, Columbia University

Previous Experience: I worked at the B.S. level in a substance abuse program and at an adolescent group home and a family planning clinic.

Job Tasks: In my positions at the community health center and at my psychotherapy practice I see people who are troubled by a problem they need help to solving. For teens the problem could easily be depression or anxiety, anger control, substance abuse, the break-up of a relationship, etc. Adults, too, are either anxious or depressed, breaking up with a spouse, having trouble with a child or have just lost a loved one.

I have special training to help people feel better. I usually meet with someone weekly one-on-one. Sometimes I meet with a couple or a family. I also meet with people who want to be in a group with others who have the same problem, alcoholism, for example, or something basic and human as grief. Most people come to see me because they want to; some are in trouble with the law and are forced to come to see me by a judge.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of the job is that I get to help people feel better, watch as their self-confidence improves and help them to set attainable goals for themselves.

What I don't like is that working with upset people all day can cause me my own stress and fatigue. And I have to make sure I sleep enough, eat well, and generally feel good so that I can concentrate and be helpful. Also, sometimes someone drops out of counseling because it's hard work and that makes me sad; I worry about how that person will ever feel better if they don't work hard at making changes.

Job Tips: All good psychotherapists have had some counseling themselves as adults; it is very important to understand yourself if you are going to help others understand themselves.

Pay for psychotherapists is just so-so. You can make a decent living doing this but you won't get rich. It's work that has come from the heart.

Get some life experience before getting your Masters Degree; work in the field of social work or psychology for awhile to be sure you want to make this kind of commitment to others.

Additional Thoughts: I feel I am lucky to do the work I do. I get to be a part of someone's special time of changing for the better.

Popular Schools offering Psychology Programs

quickinfoClick the Visit School Site buttons to go directly to a school's website and learn more about the school and programs it has to offer. School website will open in a new tab. .

Click the Request Info buttons to request more information from a representative at the school

Matching School Ads

Does the Human Mind Fascinate You? Study Psychology at Grand Canyon University - Bachelor's and Master's Degrees Available!

  • Programs: M.S. in Psychology with an Emphasis in Forensic Psychology, Graduate Certificate of Completion in GeroPsychology, M.S. Psychology with an Emphasis in Geropsychology, more...
  • Degrees: Master, Certificate

100% online degrees from Ashford University

  • Programs: BA in Psychology
  • Degrees: Bachelor

Since 1977, Keiser University has provided quality student-centered, career-focused education.

  • Programs: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Degrees: Bachelor
Argosy University
Ontario, Orange, Phoenix, San Diego

Welcome to Argosy University

Argosy University offers doctoral, master's, and bachelor's degree programs to students through its eight colleges:  College of Behavioral Sciences, Graduate School of Business and Management, College of Education,  College of Health Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Creative Arts and Design, College of Clinical Psychology and Western State College of Law at Argosy University as well as certificate programs in many areas.

  • Programs: Psychology (BA), Psychology (BA) (Online), Clinical Psychology (PsyD), more...
  • Degrees: Bachelor, Doctorate, Master

Pursue your education at Ohio Christian University.

  • Programs: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Degrees: Bachelor
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Irvine, Los Angeles, San Diego

Pursue a certificate, master, or doctorate degree in Psychology at The Chicago School for Professional Psychology.

  • Programs: M.S. Applied Behavior Analysis, Ph.D. Business Psychology, Consulting Track, Ph.D. Business Psychology, I/O Track, more...
  • Degrees: Master, Doctorate

At Post University, we believe you shouldn’t have to put your life on hold to further your education.

  • Programs: B.A. in Psychology
  • Degrees: Bachelor

Earn your graduate degree online with Northcentral University.

  • Programs: Psychology - BA, General Psychology - PhD of Psychology, Health Psychology - PhD of Psychology, more...
  • Degrees: Bachelor, Doctorate, Master

Join the community of thought leaders at University of the Rockies. Pursue your graduate degree from the University’s School of Professional Psychology or School of Organizational Leadership.

  • Programs: MA in Psychology, General Psychology, MA in Psychology, Health and Wellness Psychology , Doctor of Psychology, Sports and Performance Psychology, more...
  • Degrees: Master, Doctorate

Earn your degree or diploma on your schedule and succeed at Ashworth College.

  • Programs: Substance Abuse
  • Degrees: Diploma
Matching School Ads

Additional Career Stories for Clinical Psychologists

The inside stories from people actually working in the field.
Click a story title to show the story, and click the title again to hide it.

All Types

You are visiting:

What are Career Stories?

Career Stories are concise, real-world career overviews written by people relating their personal career experiences and wisdom. They provide invaluable insights and mentoring advice to students and career changers.

Most stories include:

  • a typical day or project
  • tips and advice
  • best and worst parts
  • educational background
  • previous experience

Browse hundreds of Career Stories

More Details On This Career

Please also see our detailed information about Clinical Psychologists, including:

Back to Top