What degree would you need to have to be a teens behavioral therapist?
I am asking this question because everyone keeps telling me that i need a doctorate and others are telling me all i need is a master's degree #therapy #therapist #teenagers #behavior #behavioral-health
Please be cautious listening to what others tell you, especially if they are not in the field. I am not a Therapist, never have been but, I do know a little about this field. Here is a good link on job/education requirements for Therapists:
Typically a Masters degree is good for this field, it does depend on the agency and job you are applying for however. Therapy does require licensing and practical experience gained during internships.
I am a licensed psychologist, and considered this same question when I was in school. You do not need to have a doctorate in order to be a mental health therapist. You do need a Master's degree. Plus about two to three years of post graduate experience in order to obtain a license as a therapist. The doctorate degree is for those individuals who desire to learn more, go into a place of employment that requires that level of degree, or someone who believes that they want to work in a private practice that would acquire a certain level of patients.