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Psychotherapist

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Psychotherapists work with adults or children and their families to help them cope with emotional or mental health problems through exploring and understanding their thoughts, feelings or behaviour, using talking therapy.

Psychotherapists use a variety of techniques including: cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), psychoanalytical and psychodynamic therapies, humanistic and integrative psychotherapies, hypno-psychotherapies and experiential constructivist therapies.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Psychotherapists are normally paid on the NHS Agenda for Change. The current pay scales are from April 2019.

 Self-employed psychotherapists can charge between £40 and £100 for up to an hour long session.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

Psychotherapists work in the National Health Service (NHS), while others work in private practice, in psychiatric hospitals and units, child guidance, specialist schools, consultation centres and prisons.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2019
1391
1.1 %
RISE
2024
1406
  United Kingdom
2019
21873
1.8 %
RISE
2024
22257

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What Does it Take?

You need:

You also need to be:

Training

Getting On

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
Tel: 01455 883300
E-mail: bacp@bacp.co.uk
Website: http://www.bacp.co.uk/
Twitter: @BACP

COSCA (Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland)
Tel: 01786 475140
E-mail: info@cosca.org.uk
Website: http://www.cosca.org.uk/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/coscacounselling

Institute of Psychoanalysis
Tel: 020 7563 5000
E-mail: admin@iopa.org.uk
Website: http://www.psychoanalysis.org.uk
Twitter: @theIoPA
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InstituteOfPsychoanalysis

UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
Tel: 020 7014 9955
E-mail: info@ukcp.org.uk
Website: http://www.psychotherapy.org.uk
Twitter: @UKCP_Updates
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UKCouncilForPsychotherapy/

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