Child psychotherapist

Child psychotherapist

Child psychotherapists help children and young people to effectively deal with mental health issues, including emotional and behavioural problems. Studying psychology at school can help but isn't essential – if is isn't offered, biology is useful for aspiring psychotherapists too.

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Helping young people is at the heart of this job. Child psychotherapists may see a child on their own, in a group or with family members, and also work with parents and carers to offer support and guidance.

What's cool about being a child psychotherapist?

Helping young, vulnerable people to get a good start in life

Bringing families together through the work you do

Working as part of a team of health experts to give the best possible care

Subjects you'll need

Psychology is a science – some schools even offer it as a GCSE course. If yours doesn’t, focus on the other science subjects (biology, chemistry and physics) to give yourself the best possible foundation for this rewarding career.

Fun fact

Singing has been scientifically proven to reduce feelings of depression and anxiety. While this isn’t necessarily an effective treatment for all mental health issues, it’s certainly a good excuse for singing in the shower!

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