What does a 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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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
34%
2 - 4
23%
5 - 7
1%
8+
42%

Common Skill Sets

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BCBA
Filing
Degree IN Psychology
Rendering
Enthusiasm
VERBAL Communication

Behavior Therapist Seniority Levels

L2
Behavior Therapist
$41,524/yr
Rehab Counselor
9% made the transition
Psychiatric Technician
8% made the transition
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Behavior Therapist Salaries

Average Base Pay

$41,524 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$31K
Median: $42K
$55K
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