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Day in the Life of a Clinical Psychologist

Hi! I am a junior in high school who is planning to major in psychology. I was wondering what a typical day looks like for a clinical psychologist. What is the work environment like? Can you have a private practice? Also, what are the typical responsibilities that they must uphold? therapy psychology clinicalpsychology

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Christine’s Answer

Hello. I am a clinical psychologist who taught at a university for over thirty years. Thus, given that I worked in an academic environment, I spent my days teaching college students, conducting research and supervising students who were doing work in my laboratory, and supervising students work with therapy clients to help them learn to be good therapists. With that being said, not all (and not even the majority) of those with degrees in clinical psychology work in academic environments. Thus, depending on the setting where individuals work, their days will look very differently. Clinical psychologist do work in private practice and in these settings they are working one-on-one with individuals to address the psychological problems that they may be experiencing. Other individuals may work in mental health or medical clinics and be involved in conducting therapy, presenting seminars on relevant topics, and working with communities on issues related to mental health. In short, the setting really determines the types of tasks that a clinical psychologist would be engaged in throughout the day. There are so many opportunities for psychologists to work in varying types of settings -- part of what make this such a fascinating field.
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Tosha’s Answer

I have a BS in Psychology and have an LCDC (Licensed chemical dependency counsler license) and I am a substance abuse counsler at the State Prison. With an LCDC you can have your own practice without a Masters degree. If you want to be a mental health counselor you will need at least a Masters to practice in a mental health facilityand may need a PhD to have your own practice dependingon your states requirements.
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