Want to become a therapist at 32 with no psychology degree.
September 1, 2014 10:18 PM Subscribe
I'm 32, in NYC, no psych degree, and I'm burned out on my current job path. How do I break into a career as a therapist or counselor?
posted by ktpetals to Work & Money (8 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
I'm 32, in NYC, and I have a BA with a double major in English and Organizational Studies, 3.5 GPA. I've spent the last 10 years working for various startups, doing customer service / community management, web and social media strategy, and project management. I've generally made positive strides in my career and have made good connections, but I'm feeling burned out on startup life and generally feel I'd like to be doing something that's more meaningful and more helpful to people.
Customer service, managing the parade of personalities at startups, and some volunteering experience has lead me to think that becoming a counselor or a therapist is something I'd be good at and would find rewarding. So my questions are:
- How do I make up for my lack up a psychology background? Are there post-baccalaureate programs in NYC that are a good choice?
- What are the education paths? I'd really like to get into hands on counseling - would it make sense to pursue and MSW or a doctorate in psych? If it's the latter, do you get an MA and then a PhD?
- How do you transition from a 60 hour a week job to being a student with a job? Do you go part time?
- How much getting a later start affect my chances of success?
- Once I have the education, what are my options in terms of finding work?
I am open to being chastised for my general lack of knowledge about what I'm getting into and / or the extent to which I am in over my head. Thank you all in advance!