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A psychotherapist helps to treat individuals who are experiencing emotional and psychological problems. They work with a patient to get to the root of these issues and outline coping methods through which the patient can live unimpeded by these issues.

What does a Psychotherapist do?
Your duties will include:
  • Meeting with clients both new and old

  • Scheduling therapy sessions

  • Performing therapy sessions in a clinical environment

  • Making notes on diagnosis, progress and therapy plan for individuals

  • Making referrals to other medical professions

  • Using verbal interaction to explore the relevant behaviours, attitudes and emotions of each patient

  • Carry out hypno-psychotherapy

  • Construct personal therapy progress plans for each client that will help them to understand and address their inner conflicts

  • Working with a multidisciplinary team to develop proper methods for helping a patient
Skills & interests required for a Psychotherapist
  • Great listening skills

  • Patience

  • Observation

  • Sensitivity

  • Sincerity

  • Empathy and ability to build rapport with others

  • Excellent interpersonal skills

  • Resilience
What hours does a Psychotherapist typically do?
Your working hours are likely to be Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm, but depending what kind of environment you work in, you may be expected to work extended working days. If you are employed by a residential setting, then you may be required to work shifts.
What environment is a Psychotherapist based in?
You could work in a variety of clinical environment, such as the NHS, student health services, psychoanalytical institutes, child guidance clinics, special needs schools, psychiatric units and private consultancies.
How much does a Psychotherapist travel?
It is unlikely that you will need to travel within a working day, be absent from home at night or work overseas in this role.
How much does a Psychotherapist get paid?
Starting salaries for a trainee psychotherapist range from £26,250 to £35,250 per annum, and qualified psychotherapists can expect salaries in excess of £55,000 with a lot of experience.
What qualifications does a Psychotherapist need?
Entry with an Higher National Diploma (HND) only is not possible for this position, so you will be expected to have a degree of any discipline. Work experience in a relevant field will also be expected, for instance, social work, mental health professions, psychology and psychiatry.

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