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What is the best path to take in order to become a licensed Therapist?

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Lashay’s Answer

Hi Kaitlyn: The path to become a licensed therapist is fairly direct. After your undergraduate studies (which I recommend to be in the social sciences, either psychology or sociology), return for a master's level degree in counseling or therapy. Near the end of your studies, take the National Counselor Certification Exam. After becoming certified, receiving three years of supervision from a Licensed and Certified Supervisor. You will be required to meet with the supervisor and discuss cases that you are working on or stuck on. Record your meeting on paper/form and keep the forms. After those three years, apply to the licensing board and pay licensing fee to gain licensure. Each state is slightly different in the amout of supervision time required, testing requirements. This is the typical route however. Best of luck!

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Stephanie’s Answer

Hi Kaitlyn,
I love and absolutely agree with Lashay's answer. The only thing I would add to it, is when you go for your master's or PhD or PsyD, is to look into the type of work you want to do. There are many degrees that lead you to being a licensed therapist, I recommend looking into what you want for your future and what areas you are interested in. MSW, LMHC, psychologist... there are so many paths to being a licensed therapist; look into what fits your future plans better.
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