FAQs about careers in the psychological therapies

This page has some frequently asked questions about careers in the psychological therapies.

What careers are there in the psychological therapies?

Careers in the psychological therapies include counsellors, high intensity therapistsassistant clinical psychologists, psychological wellbeing practitioners, psychologists (working in clinical, counselling, forensic and health areas of psychology) and psychotherapists.

How and where can I train to be a psychotherapist?

Most staff in the NHS that provide psychotherapy are clinically qualified healthcare professionals, such as psychiatristsclinical psychologistssocial workers or art, music or dramatherapists who have undergone appropriate training.

Visit our pages about psychotherapist for more information.

Is there NHS funding for postgraduate psychology training?

The NHS employs clinical, counselling, forensic and health psychologists and the training is slightly different for each.

Find out more about training to be a psychologist.

What is Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) and what sort of careers are there in this field?

IAPT is an initiative to provide greater public access to the talking therapies. Specifically, within IAPT there are opportunities to train as psychological wellbeing practitioners and high intensity therapists.

Find out more about IAPT

However, if you like the idea of using the talking therapies, you might also want to look at opportunities for working as a counsellor, psychotherapistpsychiatrist, clinical psychologistsocial workermental health nurse, or occupational therapist.

How do I train to work as a counsellor in the NHS?

Find out more about the roles that counsellors play in healthcare

The NHS also employs staff in a broad range of roles using the talking therapies, including psychological wellbeing practitioners, high intensity therapists, psychotherapistspsychiatrists, clinical psychologists and others.

Where can I get training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) training is provided by a number of organisations.

However, if you want to undertake this training while working in the NHS, you should consider applying for roles such as  psychological wellbeing practitioner or high intensity therapist, if you are already a qualified healthcare professional.

Where can I find more information about a career in the psychological therapies?

You can find more information about careers in the psychological therapies by visiting our explore roles section

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