Q&A: If I obtain a PhD in Clinical/Counseling Psychology, what would I have to do to hold private practice?

Question by lostinne: If I obtain a PhD in Clinical/Counseling Psychology, what would I have to do to hold private practice?
I’m 26 and I’m debating whether to apply to a Master’s or PhD program starting next fall.

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Answer by deathbymonkeys69
You have lots of options. AMong some things you’ll need experience, business license, etc… Talk to some of your collegues and professors. Its usually not a good idea to go right into private practice immediately following after obtaining your degree.

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  1. Found-1 said,

    Wrote on November 16, 2011 @ 5:17 pm

    What ever you do, I would make sure you apply at more than one program, just in case you don’t get in – plus it looks good on your application that you have applied to more than one school and are very serious about continuing your education. In my area, the PhD programs mainly accept students who already have Master’s degrees, but it may be different in your area.

    Most of the programs worth getting into are pretty competitive. I know the one I was accepted into only took 20 students a year and we had to go through an extensive admissions process with interviews and such. There was a joke on campus that it was easier to get into law school then get into our program. There was another “open admission” similar degreed program on campus that took anyone with a pulse, and I would steer clear of those programs, or you’ll end up with a bunch of crazy people in your classes.

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