Can a psychotherapist get accepted into a clinical psychology doctoral program

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Hey, I am currently half way through my bachelors degree and I’m curious about future career pathways. My question is, for example if someone had a masters related to psychotherapy and supervised experience in psychotherapy, would it be difficult for them to be accepted onto a clinical psychology doctorate program. I’m asking this because I have been perusing a career as a clinical psychologist since I first began my degree but I have since become interested in psychotherapy, but I am scared that if I choose to peruse a career as a psychotherapist but then decided that clinical psychology is more appropriate for me, would it be difficult to make that transition? I’m also asking this because a lot of the pathways into clinical psychology doctoral programs seem to be centered around people doing assistant psychologist posts and they seem to indicate that that’s the most viable route into a clinical psychology doctorate.
In essence my questions is experience in psychotherapy considered relevant to be considered for a psychology doctorate
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(Original post by DiogoAlves___)
Hey, I am currently half way through my bachelors degree and I’m curious about future career pathways. My question is, for example if someone had a masters related to psychotherapy and supervised experience in psychotherapy, would it be difficult for them to be accepted onto a clinical psychology doctorate program. I’m asking this because I have been perusing a career as a clinical psychologist since I first began my degree but I have since become interested in psychotherapy, but I am scared that if I choose to peruse a career as a psychotherapist but then decided that clinical psychology is more appropriate for me, would it be difficult to make that transition? I’m also asking this because a lot of the pathways into clinical psychology doctoral programs seem to be centered around people doing assistant psychologist posts and they seem to indicate that that’s the most viable route into a clinical psychology doctorate.
In essence my questions is experience in psychotherapy considered relevant to be considered for a psychology doctorate
It's certainly possible if you have the right qualifications. You might consider looking for roles that allow you to work alongside psychologists still. Psychotherapy experience could also potentially help you gain an assistant psychologist role or similar. The experience is definitely relevant, though, yes.
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(Original post by DiogoAlves___)
Hey, I am currently half way through my bachelors degree and I’m curious about future career pathways. My question is, for example if someone had a masters related to psychotherapy and supervised experience in psychotherapy, would it be difficult for them to be accepted onto a clinical psychology doctorate program. I’m asking this because I have been perusing a career as a clinical psychologist since I first began my degree but I have since become interested in psychotherapy, but I am scared that if I choose to peruse a career as a psychotherapist but then decided that clinical psychology is more appropriate for me, would it be difficult to make that transition? I’m also asking this because a lot of the pathways into clinical psychology doctoral programs seem to be centered around people doing assistant psychologist posts and they seem to indicate that that’s the most viable route into a clinical psychology doctorate.
In essence my questions is experience in psychotherapy considered relevant to be considered for a psychology doctorate
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Yes, it would be considered to be relevant experience. Just note (as I’m sure you know) that quality of experience is the most important over quantity, so just having the qualification isn’t a sure fire way in, you’d still need to demonstrate the skills, awareness etc.
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