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I wanted to become a psychotherapist and I was wondering what do I need to do in order to become one?

I know I have to do a degree in psychology but I wanted to know if I should do a levels or a btec in health and social care?

I also wanted to know what would I have to do after uni? Do I get experience or go straight into working?
Any help would be great, I've tried researching it and it hasn't really helped .
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Psychotherapy is a very non-specific term and may refer to things such as;

- Cognitive behavioural therapy
- Psychoanalysis/psychodynamic therapy
- Family therapy
- Cognitive analytical therapy

The main people who undertake these therapies are;

- Clinical psychologists
- Forensic psychologists
- Psychiatrists (psychotherapy is a sub-speciality within psychiatry and all psychiatry trainees will train in psychotherapies during their training)

Clinical and forensic psychology require a psychology BSc (3 years) and a doctorate in one of those fields (3-4 years). They are fiercely competitive however and many people have to spend years as a psychology assistant, doing a masters degree and/or getting research experience before they will be accepted onto a training doctorate. Many people will never get accepted, but if you do it will realistically take at least 10 years before you are fully qualified.

Psychiatry is a medical speciality so requires 5 years as medical school, 2 years as a junior doctor and then 6 years postgraduate training in psychiatry.

I'm sure you can get on to a BPS accredited psychology BSc with a btec qualification, but A levels are more universally recognised and are the more straightforward route to be assured entry.
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(Original post by Sinatrafan)
Psychotherapy is a very non-specific term and may refer to things such as;

- Cognitive behavioural therapy
- Psychoanalysis/psychodynamic therapy
- Family therapy
- Cognitive analytical therapy

The main people who undertake these therapies are;

- Clinical psychologists
- Forensic psychologists
- Psychiatrists (psychotherapy is a sub-speciality within psychiatry and all psychiatry trainees will train in psychotherapies during their training)

Clinical and forensic psychology require a psychology BSc (3 years) and a doctorate in one of those fields (3-4 years). They are fiercely competitive however and many people have to spend years as a psychology assistant, doing a masters degree and/or getting research experience before they will be accepted onto a training doctorate. Many people will never get accepted, but if you do it will realistically take at least 10 years before you are fully qualified.

Psychiatry is a medical speciality so requires 5 years as medical school, 2 years as a junior doctor and then 6 years postgraduate training in psychiatry.

I'm sure you can get on to a BPS accredited psychology BSc with a btec qualification, but A levels are more universally recognised and are the more straightforward route to be assured entry.
Thank you!
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