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How will I become a therapist?

I want to become a therapist who works with kids who go through traumatic experiences and need help moving forward. I would also like to helps kids get through school during the day by being an in school therapist.

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You will a minimum of a Masters Degree in a counseling related field. Examples are social work, mental health counseling, marriage and family therapy. School counseling might be another option as they are employed directly by the school, their work tends to be more focused on addressing problems related to academic performance and helping students with career goals. Start by earning a bachelor's in a social science major (e.g. psychology, social work, sociology) then look for an accredited masters program. One thing to keep in mind is your state's specific requirements in order for you to become a licensed therapist. Research and find out who your states licensing board for therapists.
Depending on where you live, there are agencies that will hire you as a therapist and assign you to work in a school or the agency may give you a caseload of children and you can have your sessions with your client at their school.
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