What does a Psychotherapist do?

Psychotherapists conduct talk-based patient interventions, and they work with patients to lessen or completely remove any mind-based maladaptive systems. They encourage and reciprocate sustained openness with their clients to uncover their difficulties across the emotional, relational, and behavioral spheres and generate comprehensive treatment protocols for their clients.

Psychotherapists work to alter a patient’s internal distortions and provide them with regulatory guidance. They forge trusting connections with reputable inpatient treatment facilities, and if necessary, they will report a patient’s highly dangerous undertakings to any relevant authorities. They help their clients overcome psychiatric illnesses including depression, PTSD, bipolar disorder, addiction, or obsession. Psychotherapists work with open communications and dialogue with their clients. They identify therapeutic goals and when times are tough they encourage patients to pursue their therapeutic goals. Psychotherapists need a bachelor’s degree in psychology or related fields, and a master’s degree in psychotherapy in addition to clinical experience and licensing.

EducationGraduate Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.6 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.5 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Psychotherapist Salaries

Average Base Pay

£44,024 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: £44K
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Psychotherapist Career Path

Learn how to become a Psychotherapist, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Psychotherapist Insights

Read what Psychotherapist professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Marias Healthcare ServicesMarias Healthcare Services
29 Jul 2019

“Employees work together to do what it takes to provide quality care to our patients.”

Beverley Mack Harry Consulting ServicesBeverley Mack Harry Consulting Services
2 Jan 2021

“I had to fight for my clinical hours when I finally decided that it was time for me to leave.”

LifeStance HealthLifeStance Health
17 Mar 2021

“Low salary and no administrative oversight.”

The Center for Therapy & Counseling Services
29 Jul 2019

“This was my first job out of Master's in Social Work and I got my own client load and group supervision.”

Pathway InternationalPathway International
Home Based Therapist
21 Jan 2022

“trainings were helpful for career development”

Self OpportunitySelf Opportunity
13 Dec 2021

“good people to work with”

24 Jun 2021

“Professional development opportunities”

Pathway InternationalPathway International
Home Based Therapist
21 Jan 2022

“salary was good”

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Psychotherapist Interviews

Related Careers

25% skills overlap
Behavior Therapist
No skills overlap
Psychiatric Technician
25% skills overlap
Rehab Counselor

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a psychotherapist

When working as a psychotherapist, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are External Defibrillator, Critical Thinking, CPR, Dressing and Computer Literacy.

The most similar professions to psychotherapist are:
  • Therapist
  • Behavior Therapist
  • Psychiatric Technician
  • Rehab Counselor

The most common qualifications to become a psychotherapist is a minimum of a Graduate Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.