How to become a psychotherapist
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- a college course
You'll need to complete:
- a degree in psychology or a related subject
- an accredited postgraduate qualification
- 450 hours of practice to be registered as a licensed psychotherapist by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
Your course should be one recognised by the:
- United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy
- British Psychoanalytic Council
- Association of Child Psychotherapists
Courses can take up to 4 years to complete.
To become a child psychotherapist, you will need to complete 4 years of training with the Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP).
You'll also need experience of working with children or vulnerable adults.
You'll usually need:
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
- a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study
You could start by doing a Level 3 or 4 Diploma in Counselling before moving onto further training at degree and postgraduate level.
You'll usually need to have completed a counselling certificate to do a diploma, or have a lot of experience of working with vulnerable people.
Some colleges have a minimum age limit to start this type of course.
Entry requirements for these courses vary.
You can find out more about careers in psychotherapy from the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.