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Analysing the problem; Careers in ... psychotherapy Emma Thompson discovers how psychotherapists can help people deal with distress.

Byline: Emma Thompson

What does a career as a psychotherapist involve? Psychotherapists use a variety of psychological methods and talking therapies to help clients relieve symptoms of distress.

As a psychotherapist, your approach would be broadly based on a core theoretical model of psychotherapy.

You would encourage clients to talk about their experiences, which would lead to analysing past events and behaviours so changes can be made.

What skills are needed? You need empathy, sensitivity, strong communication skills and good listening and questioning skills. A non-judgmental approach is essential.

What training do you need? Many employers will prefer you to be registered with an organisation such as the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) or British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC).

Your route to qualifying may vary, the UKCP has divided the main approaches into: analytical psychology; behavioural and cognitive psychology; experiential constructivist; family, couple, sexual, systemic therapy; humanistic and integrative; psychotherapy; hypno-psychotherapy; psychoanalytic and psychodynamic; psychoanalyticallybased therapy with children. To gain access to the UKCP register, you need: a postgraduate-level qualification in psychotherapy from a UKCPapproved training provider, or membership with a UKCPapproved organisation. To get on an approved course you will need a relevant degree or professional qualification plus experience of working with vulnerable adults or children.

What are the opportunities for career progression? You may start as a trainee in the NHS, which will usually combine work place experience and studying for a UKCPapproved Masters in psychotherapy.

Or you could study for an approved postgraduate course, and gain as much relevant experience as you can arrange.

With experience, you could take on a training, teaching or mentoring role, or become self-employed and set up independently in private practice.

What is the salary? (Guideline only) Trainee NHS pounds 21,200-pounds 27,500, qualified pounds 35,000-pounds 47,000; private sector pounds 40-pounds 100 for 50 minute session.

More information. British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) -www.psychoanalytic-council.org. UKCP -www.psychotherapy.org.uk ? Association of Child Psychotherapists - www.acp.uk.net ? //nextstep.direct.gov.uk ? Jobs not necessarily available.
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 4, 2011
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