What does a Therapist do?
A therapist evaluates, diagnoses, and treats people with emotional and mental disorders. In treating diagnosed mental disorders and nervous disorders or other emotional issues, they apply family systems theories and psychotherapeutic techniques. Is is often used as a umbrella term used for professionals that work in the psychology field. Titles may include licensed counselors, psychoanalyst, or social workers.
How to Become a Therapist
A therapist usually pursues a master’s degree or doctorate degree in psychology or social work. Curriculum in these programs usually includes a variety of human developmental, cognitive, emotional and therapeutic model coursework that can be applied to client centered treatment. All therapists are required to be licensed and in order to sit for most state’s licensure you must abide the state’s regulations and requirements. Many states require you complete between 2,000 and 4,000 hours of supervised clinical experience before you can even sit for your license.
Job Description of a Therapist
Therapists often confer with professionals to help analyze their client’s problems and coordinate the proper counseling service. They determine if an individual needs additional specialists or services such as psychiatry, legal aid, or medicines.
A knowledge of psychology, therapy, counseling, philosophy, and theology is needed in this occupation, as well as anthropology and sociology. The knowledge of medicines to be applied to treatment and/or therapy would be needed. One would require the ability to have both oral comprehension and expression in order to understand others and to be understood. You should apply inductive and deductive reasoning to the job and have solid abilities in problem sensitivity.