What does an Entry-level Behavior Therapist do?

Behavior therapists provide mental health treatment and support, with an emphasis on identifying and changing learned behaviors that may be negatively impacting the client’s life. They treat people with a wide range of conditions, including depression, anxiety, phobias, addictions, and panic disorders. These professionals provide counseling, develop a treatment plan, and recommend strategies to help minimize symptoms or episodes. Therapists often focus on certain specialty areas, such as providing marriage counseling or treating children in an educational setting.

Behavior therapists work at different levels that each have specific educational requirements – a bachelor’s degree is needed at a minimum, although many roles require advanced degrees which also involve clinical work in the field. Licensing requirements vary by state. These roles require extensive knowledge of behavior therapy techniques and practices, and experience working with a clientele with a diverse range of mental health needs.

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Swank Early Skills DevelopmentSwank Early Skills Development
RBT - Registered Behavior Technician
Mar 9, 2021

“Really positive and caring people who work with me to do my best work and be my best self”

Patterns Behavioral ServicesPatterns Behavioral Services
Behavior Technician
May 27, 2021

“This was a tough job because I didn’t get enough work and there were constant cancellation that were unpaid.”

Autism Learning PartnersAutism Learning Partners
Behavior Technician
Aug 3, 2020

“Travel is reimbursed but they make it so your first and last commute which is what is not reimbursed is the longest trip”

Chicago ABA TherapyChicago ABA Therapy
ABA Therapist
May 29, 2020

“The training process was very thorough so I felt very comfortable going into my first client session.”

RBT - Registered Behavior Technician
Feb 21, 2021

“Everyone is very nice and I do not feel judged when I do not know something.”

RBT - Registered Behavior Technician
Nov 22, 2021

“It was an amazing experience and I'm so happy to have had the time and training I received there.”

Maxim Healthcare GroupMaxim Healthcare Group
RBT - Registered Behavior Technician
Aug 20, 2021

“If you get a great supervisor and family its good but there is no way to really control this.”

Autism Behavior Services (CA)Autism Behavior Services (CA)
Behavior Specialist
May 24, 2021

“I have been in the field for 6 years and I have never experienced such great training.”

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