The People Helper's

the therapy career

Average Hours Worked

Generally work full-time.

Sometimes work-evenings and weekends,

due to the fact that families work and such


  • Remain all contents in the client's record confidential.
  • Get help for patients who plan to attempt suicide right away.
  • Get clients to express feelings, talk about what is happening in their lives, helping them look into themselves more or into their relationships with others.
  • Observe clients and collect information through documents and tests.
  • Guide clients into new strategies to deal with their problems.
  • Council patients individually or in a group so they can begin to overcome their dependencies, adjust to their life, and get used to making changes that need to be made.
  • Guide clients in development of their skills and strategies to deal with their problems.
  • Develop and imply on plans based on clinical experience and knowledge.
  • Maintain and fill-out client's paper work, including federal and state mandated forms, their diagnostic records, and notes on them.
  • Prepare and maintain all treatment records and reports on client.
  • Evaluate client's physical or mental condition, based on review of your client's information.

Work Locations

The environment of a therapist can vary from

a mental health center, substance abuse treatment center,

hospitals, and colleges. If they practice privately, then the

environment would be in your home. (more for personal use)

Salary and Potential Wage

$39,710 per year (around)

$19.09 per hour (average)

Education Needed

Need to know about:

  • Psychology
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • English Language
  • Education and Training
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Clerical
(need a masters degree, which is 3-4 years of school)

Skills Required

Need to be:

  • An active listener
  • Be aware of others reactions, and understand why they react the way they do
  • Actively seek for ways to help people
  • Talk to others to convey information collectively
  • Assess or monitor yourself, or people, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective actions.
  • Use logic and reason to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
  • Consider relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the best one.
  • Persuade others to change their minds or behavior.
  • Understand written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Identify complex problems and review related information to develop develop and evaluate several solutions.

Job Outlook / Growth

Extensive preparation needed, most of these occupations require graduate school (masters degree). Some require PhD, MD, or JD (law degree). Extended skill, knowledge, and experience needed. Many require more than five years of experience. Employees usually need on the job-training. Most places will assume you already have required skills. S.V.P Range is 8.0 and above.

Advancement Opportunities or Related Jobs

There are lots of different kinds of therapy's. Mental, Substance abuse, Physical (for injured people), Counselor, etc. Although for mental therapy, psychology is a related similar job, a counselor, a sociologist, and a personal therapist. Those are all jobs that have something to do with the main regions of work in being a therapist, and those are all decent paying jobs, depending on where you work, what state, and other things like who you may be providing the service for.