Clinical & Counseling Psychologists

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Clinical Psychologist, Counseling Psychologist, Psychologist, Psychotherapist

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What they do:
Assess, diagnose, and treat mental and emotional disorders of individuals through observation, interview, and psychological tests. Help individuals with distress or maladjustment understand their problems through their knowledge of case history, interviews with patients, and theory. Provide individual or group counseling services to assist individuals in achieving more effective personal, social, educational, and vocational development and adjustment. May design behavior modification programs and consult with medical personnel regarding the best treatment for patients.
On the job, you would:
  • Interact with clients to assist them in gaining insight, defining goals, and planning action to achieve effective personal, social, educational, or vocational development and adjustment.
  • Conduct assessments of patients' risk for harm to self or others.
  • Counsel individuals, groups, or families to help them understand problems, deal with crisis situations, define goals, and develop realistic action plans.



  • therapy and counseling

Math and Science

  • psychology
  • sociology and anthropology


  • customer service
  • administrative services

Arts and Humanities

  • English language


Basic Skills

  • reading work related information
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions


  • understanding people's reactions
  • looking for ways to help people

Problem Solving

  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it



  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking

Ideas and Logic

  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information


People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.

They do well at jobs that need:

  • Concern for Others
  • Self Control
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Cooperation
  • Integrity
  • Dependability


You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software

  • eClinicalWorks EHR software Hot Technology
  • Healthcare common procedure coding system HCPCS

Word processing software

  • Google Docs Hot Technology
  • Microsoft Word Hot Technology

Analytical or scientific software

  • Comprehensive Affect Testing System CATS
  • Statistical software


Education: (rated 5 of 5)
doctoral degree or
post-doctoral training
usually needed

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