How can I combine therapy and acting/film-making as a career?
I am unsure of how I can pursue a career in acting and becoming a therapist. Do you think pursuing a Masters degree in Drama Therapy can combine the two? The goal: I want to work as a LMFT while making movies about mental health. Any ideas or suggestions? #therapist #therapy #acting # #career #dramatherapist # #psychology #filmmaker
Ebony’s Answer, CareerVillage.org Team
Thank you, Racheal.
I would add that depending on type of the therapy and office structure you’re interested in pursuing, your therapist role could be extremely flexible. I am a Therapist Trainee working towards my degree and then licensing. The office I work out of allows us to schedule clients according to our availability. As a result, of you want to focus on both acting roles and scheduling clients around that I don’t see why you couldn’t go that route. Counseling is a role that takes on several shapes. This includes positions on campus, within the county or city, nonprofit, private practice and so much more. The path is yours to carve out!
I wish you all the best. It’s been exciting as I learn more and I’m pretty confident you can experience the same excitement as you move forward.
Racheal Noble, Ph.D., LMFT, LPC, NCC
The other part of being a therapist is documentation and testing so keep that in mind, because it can seem tedious but it is the more important component of being a therapist...it is the science of how you monitor progress and the process of change using a theory.
Keep at it! Best of Luck!!