If you are interested in the workings of the mind and helping people with mental health problems, then a career in the psychological therapies could be for you.
One in four people will suffer from a mental illness at some point in their lives. Here you can find out more about the range of career opportunities help people to overcome a variety of different mental health problems from depression to bi-polar.
Acquiring the knowledge and skills to become a professional in psychological therapies, involves training and study at degree level and in many cases additional post-graduate study.
Many people working in the psychological therapies carry their own caseloads and work as autonomous professionals, for example, they may work directly with a patient to develop some interactive therapies to aid recovery. However, health and social care today is about teamwork, so they will also be part of a team and may even lead one. They may work with allied health professionals, such as art therapists, as well as doctors, teachers and social workers.
Due to the level of responsibility, the academic requirements and training demands are high, but so are the rewards, both in terms of job satisfaction and career prospects.
Many staff in the psychological therapies are providing support to patients through the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) initiative.