Psychotherapists and cognitive behaviour therapists > Psychotherapist
Healthcare | Social care
Psychotherapists use talking techniques and therapies to help people who are distressed, or have mental health problems.
£31,365 Starter - £44,503 Experienced
38 to 41 a week (in your own business managing your own hours)
Where to start
You can get into this job through
a university coursea college course
You'll need to complete:
- a degree in psychology or a related subject
- an accredited postgraduate qualification
- 450 hours of practice
- to be registered as a licensed psychotherapist by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
Your course should be one recognised by the:
- United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy
- British Psychoanalytic Council
- Association of Child Psychotherapists
Courses can take up to 4 years to complete.
To become a child psychotherapist, you will need to complete 4 years of training with the Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP).
You'll also need experience of working with children or vulnerable adults.
You'll usually need 2 to 3 A-Levels, or equivalent, for a degree. You'll need a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study.requirements
You could start by doing a Level 3 or 4 Diploma in Counselling before moving onto further training at degree and postgraduate level.
You'll usually need to have completed a counselling certificate to do a diploma, or have a lot of experience of working with vulnerable people.
Some colleges have a minimum age limit to start this type of course. Entry requirements for these courses vary.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- counselling skills including active listening and a non-judgemental approach
- knowledge of psychology
- customer service skills
- the ability to understand people’s reactions
- sensitivity and understanding
- excellent verbal communication skills
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- to enjoy working with other people
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
Restrictions and Requirements
You'll need to pass enhanced background checks
What you’ll do
On a day-to-day basis, you could:
- encourage clients to talk about emotional or relationship problems
- analyse past events and behaviours so that changes can be made
- assess a client's way of thinking and how they deal with their feelings
- help clients to develop new strategies for coping
- have regular supervision sessions with your mentor
You could work in the community, in a therapy clinic, in an NHS or private hospital or at a health centre.
Your working environment may be emotionally demanding.
Career path and progression
With experience, you could take on a training, teaching or mentoring role.
You could become self-employed and set up a private practice. You could also move into research as a career.