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what is it like being a Cognitive Therapist? what do you have to do qualify to be a Cognitive Therapist?

what is the day to day life of a normal of a Cognitive Therapist? what do you do on your day to day life? whats the job like and such. and also, what do you have to do to qualify and work as a Cognitive Therapist? i want to know so i can be one, one day. #cognitive-therapy #career


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christine’s Answer

Hi Taylor.
To be a cognitive therapist you will want to get your masters degree in social work, or counseling , When you are in school you will usually have a field placement where you will see clients and learn how to do cognitive therapy and you will have a supervisor to help guide you. You will take a test to get a professional license after you graduate. Cognitive therapists can work in a clinic, an agency or have a private office to see clients. Often counselors will see 6-8 clients per day for 50 minute sessions each. The last 10 minutes of each session gives the therapist time to write notes about the session. If you have your own practice, you will take care of billing insurance companies. If you work for an agency then the billing office will take care of the billing. You may spend an hour or two each week consulting with colleagues or supervisors about how your clients are progressing. This is a rewarding profession and you will learn a lot about yourself and others! It is rewarding to help others and see others grow and improve their lives with your assistance. You may need to work some evenings and or maybe some weekends as many clients work in the day time and are not free to attend therapy in the daytime.
Hope you enjoy learning more about this field!
Chris

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Jason’s Answer

While you can certainly specialize in Cognitive therapy by attending a specific program, you should know that as a general licensed mental health therapist, you can practice whatever modality you feel is best for the client sitting in front of you. Some methods work for different reasons, behaviors, diagnoses, circumstances, etc. There are continuing education requirements for anyone with a license which would allow you to continue your studies in cognitive therapy as it continues to evolve.

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Jason’s Answer

While you can certainly specialize in Cognitive therapy by attending a specific program, you should know that as a general licensed mental health therapist, you can practice whatever modality you feel is best for the client sitting in front of you. Some methods work for different reasons, behaviors, diagnoses, circumstances, etc. There are continuing education requirements for anyone with a license which would allow you to continue your studies in cognitive therapy as it continues to evolve.

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