How to become a psychotherapistWatch
I have just finished my BSc with Honours in Medical neuroscience and got a 1st. This included many relevant modules, such as: biological bases of mental disorders; drugs, brain & behaviour; clinical psychology & mental health; medical neuroscience (involved meeting patients with substance abuse disorders); cognition in clinical contexts (psychology module); neuroscience and behaviour; psychology of childhood & adolescence.
I am 21 years old, have just finished my degree, and have 6 years of nannying experience. I also have done some work experience placements in hospitals (nursing shadowing, anaesthetist shadowing, neurophysiology shadowing), volunteering in a dementia care home and a children's hospice, however all off these placements have only been 1-4 weeks each.
With my level of qualifications and experience, what is the best and quickest route for me to become a psychotherapist?
Perhaps I could start by becoming a substance abuse counsellor? If this is a good route, how would I get into this profession?
Due to my financial situation, I am unable to do any route that involves any more voluntary work.
Thank you for your help.
It was on Radio 4 the other day.
Things are rapidly changing in the therapy field and the profession is under threat.
I have BA(Hons) in Humanistic Counselling Practice from a Russell Group uni and I’m finding it impossible to find a job. I’m still volunteering for free and have to keep going at it until I eventually do get a job.