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is there a lot of jobs out there for a therapist

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Debbie Yoro’s Answer

Yes, there are many therapist positions available. A therapist can either work for an agency and/or be self employed (private practice). I am doing both right now. You can work as much or as little as you'd like depending on your life/balance goals. Generally you would need to continue maintain your professional license(s) in the states you'd like to see clients in.

There are opportunities in schools, prisons, clinics, community centers, recovery programs, etc.

Most therapists are seeing clients via teletherapy (video platforms) these days due to physical distancing.

Debbie Yoro recommends the following next steps:

Find out who you'd like to help. What populations are you passionate about helping?
Learn about the different ways to become a therapist. There are many degree programs to get you there.
Talk to different types of therapists to find out what the like and don't like about agency work vs. private pratice.
Look on indeed or glassdoor or other employment sites to learn about which agencies tend to hire therapists.
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Sheila’s Answer

Hello Carter:

Thank you for your question. Psychologists study cognitive, emotional, and social processes and behavior by observing, interpreting, and recording how individuals relate to one another and to their environments.

Psychologists with either degree can practice therapy but are required to complete several years of supervised practice before becoming licensed. A Therapist is a broader umbrella term for professionals who are trained—and often licensed—to provide a variety of treatments and rehabilitation for people.

Therapist vs. Psychologist—what’s the difference? Both strive for the same result: to improve people’s lives.

Nevertheless, there are differences between the two terms and we’re here to help you understand what makes them different, so that you can choose the psychology degree program that will best fulfill your career goals.

This checklist will help you clarify the differences between a therapist and psychologist. Therapist vs. Psychologist Checklist:

Psychologist:

* Have an advanced degree in Psychology
* May do research or therapy
* Diagnose disorders or problems in their patients/clients
* Determine appropriate treatments based on clinical diagnoses and observations
* Often work in tandem with a psychiatrist
* Help patients/clients make decisions and clarify feelings
Provide support and guidance

Therapists:

* Can include psychologists, psychiatrists, marriage counselors, life coaches and social workers
* Can have any number of degrees in a variety of disciplines, including a master’s degree, PhD, MD or certificate in fields such as social work, substance abuse, clinical psychology, psychiatry or family counseling
* Help patients/clients make decisions and clarify feelings
* Provide support and guidance

In-Depth Differences

A Psychologist is a social scientist who is trained to study human behavior and mental processes. Psychologists can work in a variety of research or clinical settings. Psychology degrees are available at all levels: bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate (PhD or PsyD). Advanced degrees and licensing are required for those in independent practice or who offer patient care, including clinical, counseling and school psychologists.

PhD programs in clinical psychology emphasize theory and research methods and prepare students for either academic work or careers as practitioners. The PsyD, which was created in the late 1960s to address a shortage of practitioners, emphasizes training in therapy and counseling. Psychologists with either degree can practice therapy but are required to complete several years of supervised practice before becoming licensed.

A Psychologist will diagnose a mental disorder or problem and determine what’s best for the patient’s care. A psychologist often works in tandem with a psychiatrist, who is also a medical doctor and can prescribe medication if it is determined that medication is necessary for a patient’s treatment. Psychologists can do research, which is a very important contribution academically and clinically, to the profession.

A Therapist is a broader umbrella term for professionals who are trained—and often licensed—to provide a variety of treatments and rehabilitation for people. Therapists can be psychoanalysts, marriage counselors, social workers and life coaches, among other specialties. A therapist’s goal is to help patients make decisions and clarify their feelings in order to solve problems. Therapists provide support and guidance, while helping patients make effective decisions within the overall structure of support. When selecting a therapist, their education, licensing and professional credentials should be essential considerations.

Sheila recommends the following next steps:

Difference between Psychologist vs. Therapist: https://www.allpsychologyschools.com/psychology/differences-therapist-psychologist/
Job Outlook for Psychologists: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/psychologists.htm#tab-6
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Diana’s Answer

There are many job opportunities within the world for a therapist kind of career. You can think about what kind of atmosphere you would want to work in, whether it be more school based or clinical type therapy. Within the psychology field specifically, there are many different concentrations you can focus on, such as family therapy or couple therapy. You should definitely try to narrow down what kind of therapy you really want to do and will enjoy the most. Maybe also think about the experience you already have so you can apply your prior knowledge into the field and it’ll be easier for you.
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TWINOMUHWEZI’s Answer

Yes there are a lot of jobs out there, There are a lot of people suffering from a mental health condition who need therapy.
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