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What is the day in the life of a mental health therapist like?

Do they make your own hours? Do you work from home, a desk or an office? What time do you get up? How many patients do you see a day? What time do your days usually end? etc, things like that. #psychology #therapist #career

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Lashay’s Answer

Hi Chloe J: All great questions

Mental Health therapists work in variety of settings: colleges, private practice, hospitals, non-profit agencies, and self-employed. If you work for yourself and rent space with others in a facility, you have more flexibility to set your own hours as long as the overhead is paid. Of you work for an agency or school, the school may p help pay for your trainings, license renewals, and continued education and there would be no overhead coats. So it's like comparing an entrepreneur to a customer service representative in a company. You have the option of going at it alone ( mostly recommended for seasoned therapists), or you can work for an organization. Either way, you are required to be licensed, supervised by a licensed person for one to three years after graduation and tested. I sincerely hope this helps you. Best of luck!


Lashay recommends the following next steps:

Review you state's requirements on the Secretary of State's page.
Create a list of possible places to work and begin researching their job descriptions online.
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Debbie Yoro’s Answer

Hello! If you are in private practice, then you can definitely set your own hours and create your own office space. I do private practice part time in a home office and I also work for an agency where I have an office. These days I see patients via video, in person or talk to them on the phone. I see about 2-7 people a day. Many people/clients prefer evening appointments and weekends. The role is pretty flexible and dependent on your needs and lifestyle.

Debbie Yoro recommends the following next steps:

Interview other mental health professionals to see the specialty options
Find out about what level of education it would take to become a therapist
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