How I became a therapist, what a day in the life of a therapist is like, how do people react when they find out I’m a therapist (funniest or weirdest one), how I practice self care, studying for GREs taking licensing exams etc.
Undergrad (4 years) majored in psychology (and at first double major in music, but had to drop it in order to graduate on time).
Grad school (2 years) my program was called “masters in clinical psychology with an emphasis on marriage and family therapy” (talk about clinical and how that’s different than other degrees, research driven etc)
Gathering 3000 hours! Took me 5 years (you have up to 6 before you start losing them) each state and country will be different - must have a certain number of group hours, child hours, individual, etc
Studying and taking licensing exam - 2 parts, first is only multiple choice, and I think it was 280 questions and I had 4 hours to take it (Just pulling from my memory, and I know it’s changed since I took it). Second part was clinical vignettes, so you have to read the vignette, assess, and figure out how you can best treat that person. You must past the second exam within a year of taking the first or you have to start over. And if you fail (I didn’t but many do) then you have to wait 6 months before you can take it again.
Specializations should only come from specific work and training - Not just taking a CEU (continuing education unit - you need 36 hour every 2 years to keep your license).
What’s a day in the life? - depends on where you work, hospital (groups, individual, SO many files and SO much paperwork), inpatient, day programs, etc)
What’s my day like now?
Very different. Only in my private practice a couple of days a week, and I spend the rest of my time researching and filming, answering questions, etc.
How do people react when they find out I’m a therapist?
They overshare, or want me to diagnose someone in their life who’s giving them trouble. I usually don’t tell people what I do.
Also, in general people just like to tell me all of their problems. It can make going out with people exhausting, so I’ve gotten really good at changing the subject, and hanging out with my friends who are also mental health professionals.
How do I practice self care? - Boundaries!!! Also, yoga, going for walks, taking the weekends off, getting outside, spending time with friends and family!
In my off time from being a therapist, I like to watch movies... This one is something I am really looking forward to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhwktRDG_aQ
I watched these in my off time this week:
A few of my videos about similar topics
Pros and Cons of being a Therapist
How to become a mental health professional
Therapy sessions from a therapist's perspective!
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