Do I want to be a therapist?
September 6, 2013 8:38 AM Subscribe
I'm thinking about becoming a therapist. Is this a good idea, and how do I get there if it is?
posted by chaiminda to Work & Money (10 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Therapy interests me because I am definitely a "helper;" I like learning about people and helping them through their problems. I feel like I tend to inspire trust in people and I'm a good listener. People describe me as being extremely calm and self-possessed, and I have a lot of experience in crisis situations.
So, I think that being a therapist would work well for me. (If I'm wrong and I sound like I would be a terrible therapist, tell me!) But I'm not sure what my next step is. I currently work at two social service agencies doing admin work--no direct support. I can start a Masters program next September, either in Social Work or Mental Health Counseling. Which one is better for me? The MSW is about twice as expensive, but I've heard that it is much more flexible.
In the future my husband-elect and I would like to live abroad, so I'm hoping to be able to practice in other countries as well--either providing services to other expats (who, god knows, often need therapy), or via Skype, working with people in the states who may need appointments at odd hours.
So, does this sound like a workable plan? Any current therapists want to weigh in?