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.

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

Psychotherapist Salaries

Average Base Pay

$65,373 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $65K
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Psychotherapist 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
Jul 29, 2019

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

LifeStance HealthLifeStance Health
Mar 17, 2021

“Low salary and no administrative oversight.”

The Center for Therapy & Counseling Services
Jul 29, 2019

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

Jun 24, 2021

“Professional development opportunities”

Jun 17, 2021

“If your census is low you get lower compensation.”

Aug 18, 2021

“Good pay if you see a lot of clients.”

Psychological Healing Center
Apr 18, 2021

“Great way to work with clients.”

Valley Medical CenterValley Medical Center
Mar 17, 2021

“Flexible schedule to an extent.”

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