If you are interested in using psychological techniques to help people with mental health problems, then a career in the psychological therapies could be for you.
One in four people will suffer from a mental illness at some point in their lives and there are a range of roles that help and support people with different mental health problems from depression and anxiety to bipolar disorder.
Many people working in the psychological therapies carry their own caseloads and work as autonomous professionals. You may also work with a team of professionals, such as art therapists, dramatherapists, music therapists, occupational therapists, teachers and social workers.
Acquiring the knowledge and skills to become a professional in psychological therapies involves training at either degree or post-graduate level. The knowledge that you are helping people overcome their problems and lead a normal life offers real job satisfaction.
Increases in funding to tackle mental health also mean opportunities are increasing, especially through the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) initiative.
You can also download our infographic on careers in the psychological therapies to get some bite-size information.