The average pay for a Psychotherapist is $38.16 per hour.
The average pay for a Psychotherapist is $55,309 per year.
|Salary||$39,163 - $84,536|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $5,872|
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|$41,047 - $147,925|
|Hourly Rate||$22.37 - $124|
|Overtime||$0.00 - $507|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $5,872|
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Job Description for Psychotherapist
A psychotherapist assists individuals, families and specific groups to help with identifying trauma and psychological issues that may be affecting their lives on an emotional, behavioral and/or psychological level. Understanding inner conflicts as well as processing a patient's emotions, behaviors and thought patterns are among the responsibilities of a psychotherapist. A psychotherapist works with a variety of therapy methods, including hypo-psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and even humanistic and integrative psychotherapy. Scheduling individual and group therapy sessions is an important duty of psychotherapists, allowing multiple options for those who are seeking counseling and advice of any kind.Read More...
Working as a psychotherapist requires the ability to empathize with patients and communicate effectively while analyzing patients extremely carefully to ensure that any psychological trauma is handled appropriately. A psychotherapist must be an active listener at all times while knowing how to properly document any erratic behavior or feelings that a patient may be expressing. Studying a wide range of behavioral disorders, brain dysfunctions and patterns in the human mind is required when working toward becoming a professional psychotherapist as a career. Psychotherapists are also responsible for managing further treatment options and available medications as well as therapy opportunities on an individual basis. Referring patients to community groups and providing referrals to additional counselors or behavioral studies are also included among the responsibilities of a psychotherapist. Staying up to date with the latest research and developments in therapy techniques, newly released medications and human behavior and emotions is a requirement for anyone who is looking to work as a psychotherapist full-time. (Copyright 2019 PayScale.com)
Common Career Paths for Psychotherapist
It doesn't happen often, but some Psychotherapists do move on to become Clinical Directors. The average pay for that role is slightly higher at $72K per year. As Psychotherapists progress in their field, many go on to become Licensed Clinical Social Workers. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and median pay for the role is $52K. Another common career choice for Psychotherapists is to move into a Clinical Psychologist role — this promotion usually pays $71K.
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Popular Skills for Psychotherapist
Survey results suggest that Psychotherapists use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Bilingual, Clinical Psychology, Counseling, and Group Therapy are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Spanish Language, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning, and Group Therapy. Most people experienced in Clinical Psychology also know Spanish Language.
Pay by Experience Level for Psychotherapist
Pay by Experience for a Psychotherapist has a positive trend. An entry-level Psychotherapist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 198 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Psychotherapist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 157 salaries. An experienced Psychotherapist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $67,000 based on 192 salaries. A Psychotherapist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $73,000 based on 117 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
With a pay rate for Psychotherapists that is 73 percent greater than the national average, Los Angeles offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Psychotherapists will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+36 percent) and Boston (+7 percent). Psychotherapists in Boulder take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 23 percent less than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Chicago (22 percent lower) and Minneapolis (20 percent lower).
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