pros/cons of being a therapist
July 18, 2006 4:41 PM Subscribe
What might I hate about becoming a therapist?
posted by aimless to Work & Money (24 answers total) 33 users marked this as a favorite
Following up on shivohum’s earlier question about what to read, I’m looking for candid opinions about why NOT to become a therapist. Of course, I’d like perspectives about why it is a good idea, as well, but I need some reality. I have some loving people in my life who think this is a good idea, but who are not necessarily forthcoming about what will suck.
For reference, I have a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, and as a post-doc I’m finding that I hate research. I don’t like the competition, the extreme hours it takes to earn and retain grants, and the general lack of gentleness and care that people show for one another. I have enough intellectual curiosity to ask interesting questions and design experiments, but when it comes to doing the background reading, carrying out the experiments, and writing up the papers, I’m rapidly bored. I also hate managing multiple projects with multiple technicians—I lose track of details.
Therapy appeals because I am certain I will like a larger portion of my colleagues (my mom was a school social worker, so I know some of them), the process of my own therapy has fascinated me, and my usual topic of recreational conversation has to do with life issues and feelings, etc. I’m thinking MSW, since I already have the Ph.D, and this combo can lead to more career options than just therapy.
Practitioners, what do you love and hate about being a therapist?