How long do I have to be in college to be a therapist?
I'm on my way to college in about 22 months, and I'm trying to get prepared as early as possible. I want to major in psychology and eventually become a therapist for children and adolescents. #psychology #therapy #college
That's amazing that you are thinking ahead and planning your career .
Therapist journey is different depending on where you live. By general thumb rule to become therapist you need.
3-4 years bachelor
2 years Master
1-2 years course (cert/diploma/master) on therapy
2 years MPhil
3-4 years PhD
Different people take different journey.
Do for example if someone want to be child and adolescent therapist.
Some may do
1) bachelor +master + 1 year /few month certificate on therapy.
2) bachelor's +masters+ mphil (child adolescent psychology)
3) combined track (bachelor+masters).
4) bachelor+ masters in child and adolescent
5) bachelor's+masters+ PhD
General norms say you need specialised training over your masters to practice therapy some just prefer PhD
Supervised therapy is integral part of learning even in degree /training you will do it but it is more of a work experience then college study