If you have an interest in how people think and behave and want to use the study of psychology to help people with mental health problems, a career in the psychological therapies could be for you.
One in four people will suffer from mental health problems at some point in their lives. This can range from mild conditions, such as anxiety, to severe depression or more rare and complex conditions such as bipolar disorder.
Working in the psychological therapies, you could help people cope with problems as diverse as drug or alcohol addiction, eating disorders, family breakdown or bereavement.
The psychological therapies include branches of psychology related to healthcare, such as clinical or health psychology, counselling and psychotherapy roles and jobs within Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services.
Increases in funding to tackle mental ill health mean job opportunities are increasing, especially through the IAPT initiative.
Working autonomously and as part of a team
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, mental health nurses, 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 postgraduate level. The knowledge that you are helping people overcome their problems and lead a normal life offers real job satisfaction.
Find out more
As well as the information on this page, you'll also find:
- a set of FAQs
- information about studying for a career in the psychological therapies
- an infographic on careers in the psychological therapies
- our booklet on careers in the psychological therapies