How can I self-teach myself counseling psychology?

Question by Tigriz: How can I self-teach myself counseling psychology?
I pray that this question will catch the attention of a self taught psychologist who is actually practicing the discipline, and tell me how you did it..
What did you read? or other than reading..

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Answer by Rin
You can’t legally practice psychology without a degree or license, unless you’re clergy of some kind. Even then, I think you have to have some sort of documentation.

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  1. Hello, My name is________ said,

    Wrote on December 7, 2011 @ 8:30 am

    Well, I’m a student, and actually most of it is self taught because the professors can’t cover everything. Just look up some psychological journals for the latest research, read the DSM-IV for disorders, check out some used text books in the library, read up on the different kinds of therapy. It’s be bad if I just recommended books because there are so many out there. Explore for yourself. Start working with people, or volunteer at group help sessions.

    Of course, it wouldn’t be legal to hold a counseling session if you don’t have a degree.

  2. Kaєlin said,

    Wrote on December 7, 2011 @ 9:19 am

    You need credencials to become one; need at least a four yr degree to be certified. Personally..if you do not have papers, you would probably end up as a councelor at high schools and that in itself is unlikely.

  3. Martell said,

    Wrote on December 7, 2011 @ 9:38 am

    Never heard of such a thing….Don’t know how you’d ever get a job, never having gotten a degree. You could do it for your own enjoyment, of course. You’d not get any clients/patients, without a degree and having passed a State exam….People do not place themselves into the hands of a self-taught doctor, teacher, or any other profession; let alone pay the money for their services.

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