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I was wondering if anyone could advise me on how to use a Adult nursing degree to get into a career of psychotherapist or councillor as they all seem to require mental health nursing as a BSc
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I was wondering if anyone could advise me on how to use a Adult nursing degree to get into a career of psychotherapist or councillor as they all seem to require mental health nursing as a BSc
OK - this is a quick answer, rather than a comprehensive one, but I hope it gives you some ideas.

"Psychotherapist" and "counsellor" are not legally protected titles, so in theory anyone can call themselves a "psychotherapist" or a "counsellor". In that sense, you don't need any additional qualification! However, you will struggle to make a living, and certainly would not be employed by any reputable agency if you are not on a professional register of some sort that is relevant to the type of psychotherapeutic or counseling work that you do.

For counseling, the usual essential registration is with the BACP. You need to do a BACP acredited training course to be eligible for this. See the website here.

Psychotherapy obviously covers a wide range of things. I qualified as a adult nurse and - after a long period doing other stuff - decided to become a Play Therapist. This is entirely feasible with just an adult nursing qualification, and you need to train with a HPC registered professional body - I would recommend BAPT in this case. This qualification enabled me to work as a freelance and combined with my adult nursing qualification, I was later employed by the NHS as a community mental health worker for chldren and families.

You might also consider other therapies like art, dance, therapeutic life story work....etc. Just make sure your training organisation is reputable and has an accredited register.
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Thank you for your answer this helps!!
I was just wanting to incorporate it into a masters degree so would you suggest i do a BACP course first then try get onto a masters?

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Thank you for your answer this helps!!
I was just wanting to incorporate it into a masters degree so would you suggest i do a BACP course first then try get onto a masters?

Thank you
I guess it depends on what suits your circumstances and what type of psychotherapy or counselling you are most interested in. I've been on several courses here and would thoroughly recommend it - just make sure that the course you choose is accredited and would leave you in a position to join a professional register. And that you can afford it!!
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