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Mental Health, Psychology, Counseling & Therapy Cluster


Career Profile Summary

  • Curious
  • Compassionate
  • Interested in helping a wide variety of people
  • Self-directed
  • Able to reliably keep confidential information private
  • Able to remember complex histories

Are you thinking about becoming a psychologist or a therapist? These two professions have a number of similarities and differences. In the end, though, both are after the same thing: helping people improve their lives.

Clinical psychologists and therapists can help patients become aware of and define their feelings about issues in their lives, provide support and guidance for solving problems and making effective decisions, help patients or clients through traumatic or challenging events, and assist in providing or seeking treatment for mental illness. Experimental psychologists work in laboratories to discover new knowledge about how and why animals and humans behave the way they do and how the human mind works.

While many types of psychologists are trained to study human behavior and mental processes, diagnose a mental disorder or problem, and determine what's best for the patient's care, therapists are trained and licensed to deliver that care to people struggling with mental health or life issues through a variety of treatments and rehabilitation techniques.

Both psychologists and therapists may need advanced degrees to pursue a given type of work.

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