On Becoming A Therapist

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If you are an aspiring therapist, this 96-page essential guide will help you turn your interest into meaningful actions.

As you read, you will gain insight into how therapists build their careers and explore the settings in which they work, as well as a wealth of information about the education, certifications, and standard practices involved in becoming a therapist.   

You’ll pick up insider terms, learn the nuts and bolts of therapy, and discover some of the techniques therapists use to help their clients. 

And if you decide that therapy is your calling, you will learn how to become a therapist in a way that’s right for you and create a concrete path towards your goal.

$ 47

With this PositivePsychology.com Essential Guide, you will be able to:

  • Begin your journey – Take the first step in starting a meaningful and rewarding career helping others.
  • Make informed decisions about your future with the wealth of information presented in this guidebook.
  • ​Save hours of research and data overwhelm with all the information you need in one place.
  • Gain insights from trusted experts – get an unbiased account of the field from experts who combine their own experience with extensive research.
  • ​Turn interest into action – You'll be taken step-by-step through the process of becoming a therapist so you can create a concrete path towards your goal.
  • Instantly download the PDF booklet, also includes ePub and Mobi files for e-readers.


  • What It Takes to be a Great Therapist - in this separate eBook, 17 therapists share decades of their collective wisdom to equip you with new insights and aid your professional journey.

You will learn essential knowledge in the following topics:

  • Exploration

    You'll start by determining if being a therapist is right for you through self-reflective questions and an exploration of the scope and daily experiences of therapists in our community.

  • Specialization

    You'll understand the many different types of specialties, and how and why you might choose to specialize. From theoretical orientations, to problem-specific, to client-specific specialties, we've got you covered.

  • ​Seven Qualities of Highly Effective Therapists

    You'll explore the specific, necessary, baseline qualities that therapists must master to help their clients in meaningful ways.

  • ​​​​Training and Education

    You'll dive deep into the different training components, the various offerings from high school to doctoral degrees, the process of applying to these programs, and the cost of tuition. You'll take a close look at online options and distance learning.

  • ​Licensure and Registration

    You'll demystify the challenging world of licensure, providing information about the ways to become licensed or registered and whether it's mandatory or voluntary.* You'll also uncover how you can leverage professional societies to build your network and credentials.

  • Work

    You'll be walked through the different ways to land your first job as a therapist across a host of diverse workplaces. You'll be given a practical look at what it takes to launch your own private practice and touch on how the digitization of therapy is providing current and future therapists with exciting new work opportunities.

  • Therapy as a Second Career

    You'll gain practical advice about career-transitioning and becoming therapists later in life. If you're soul-searching, you'll be able to evaluate whether the payoff is worth the big leap.

  • Money

    You'll discover the costs of doing business, from start-up to maintenance costs. You'll see the breakdown of average therapist salaries by region** and highlight the economic differences between insurance vs. private pay clients.

  • Extensive Glossary

    For all terminology throughout the book.

*Please note that while the majority of information provided in this guidebook is universal and applicable to all locations, we do not provide extensive region-specific details around licensure and readers are advised to research their local requirements.

**Salary information is limited to AU, CA, US and UK.

“This work can be nourishing and exciting, the stuff of long careers.”

Joshua Schultz, PsyD

Joshua Schultz, PsyD, is a therapist and writer based in Philadelphia with experience in a variety of clinical styles.

He holds the belief that being a therapist can provide many years of professional fulfillment, intellectual stimulation, and financial stability, and is passionate about inspiring future generations of therapists at a time when mental health services are needed more than ever.

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    • Nicole Celestine, Community Manager

      Hi Suraj,

      We’re glad you think so! Let us know if you have any questions — we’d be happy to help 🙂

      – Nicole | Community Manager

      Nicole Celestine, Community Manager
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