Mindfulness for Anxiety

By the end of this article you’re going to know how to use mindfulness in your life. You’re going to experience mindfulness with two quick activities, and you’re going to learn how mindfulness can help you calm your body and your mind. The techniques of mindfulness shifts your perspective on emotions. You’ll learn how to get better at soothing anxiety, you’ll learn to process sad feelings, and you’ll learn to quiet negative self-talk. Mindfulness combined with CBT has been shown to work as well as medication at treating depression and anxiety, but without the side effects – and it’s more effective in the long-term.

Mindfulness actually helps rewire your brain. It helps improve connectivity between neurons and the part of your brain that processes emotions. In skill number five we looked at how avoidance and struggle with our emotions tends to make us miserable, or at the very least keeps us from living the life we dream of. So what’s the alternative? Is it just suffering? No! Today we’ll look at mindful acceptance as a step toward resolving emotions. When things get stressful, do you find yourself coping in unhealthy ways, like overeating, venting, or just avoiding things altogether? These strategies may work in the short term, but eventually they’ll end up causing more problems than they solve.

Imagine what’d it be like if you had the skills to work through tough emotions without losing it. My online course Coping Skills and Self-Care for Mental Health takes you through the process of creating your own healthy coping and self-care routine. You’ll learn to identify triggering situations, manage intense emotions; you’ll learn to calm your stress response and build your own personalized coping skills list so that you can handle different situations. By the end of the article you’ll show stress, anxiety, and depression that they don’t run your life because you’ll have the skills to manage emotions in healthy ways.

When we’re mindful, deeply in touch with the present moment, our understanding of what is going on deepens, and we begin to be filled with acceptance, joy, peace, and love. Have you ever had an experience where you were intensely aware of the moment? Maybe it was a beautiful sunrise or even a frightening experience. And suddenly you started noticing the tiny details of each thing around you. Perhaps you noticed the way the light was hitting the trees or the feel of the dirt beneath your feet. Maybe you heard the sound of the birds or maybe even of your own breath. Everything felt real, crisp; the moment felt magical, you felt alive. You’re plowing through the day; you’re trying to just not think about your life or just waiting for it to get better. Maybe you felt that way for weeks and months on end.

Now, we often attribute these feelings of joy or misery with the outside circumstances. So for me, I remember a time I felt like the world was alive, when I was hiking in Hawaii. So we might think, Oh, the beautiful sunrise gave me joy and my daily grind gave me misery. But there is another method to look at that. So what if it was the state of awareness that brought joy and the habit of distraction and avoidance that brought misery? Our minds, our hearts, and our bodies have an innate healing ability. We have a natural drive to heal and resolve problems, to find joy and to grow. When we stop interfering with that natural drive, when we stop distracting ourselves endlessly and we start acknowledging instead of avoiding all of our feelings, we give ourselves the freedom to come back to ourselves and to find peace and joy.

Our brain has a natural ability to file away our problems and to resolve them in the in the downtime, but if we never give ourselves quiet time then it creates this backlog of issues to file away. So some indications that you might have a problem with distraction are: you have a hard time sleeping – and that could be because your mind is finally getting a chance to sort through your thoughts – or if you always need music on your phone or if when you sit still with nothing to do you feel sad or anxious. This can all be caused by being kind of addicted to distraction and busyness. On the other hand, we can train our minds to feel joy and vitality by developing our present moment awareness.

So instead of fleeing, properly, having to go through different experiences to feel happy, like a vacation or a lottery win, we can create joy in the present moment by waking up and living. In my opinion, acceptance is the key to turning current happiness into lasting happiness. It helps you feel happy to be really happy. So what is mindfulness? Mindfulness is just being aware. That’s right. It is aware of what we are experiencing here and now. For example, do you realize that the chair is pressing down on your legs? Well, now you are aware of it. Another way of describing it is to be awake to the present moment.

We can practice mindfulness, we can actively train these conscious muscles and focus our consciousness on our body sensations, our thoughts and our emotions. If we do this while actively accepting the present moment, thoughts, sensations, and emotions, we can develop more inner strength. Practicing mindfulness can help you reduce anxiety and depression, it can help you feel your emotions better, and it can help you relax and feel more centered, richer, and more connected with your life.

Pros and Cons of Being an Art Therapist

Hello my friends. So today I’ll be talking about the pros and cons of being an Art Therapist and being in the career field of Art Therapy. So, we’ll go over the benefits, the advantages, as well as the challenges that come with being an Art Therapist and working as one (in the US). Before we get into the pros and cons, I just want to say that this is my personal point of view on working as an art therapist and becoming an art therapist. So it will be different what you will experience, what you will feel and think when you get into the career field. So just keep that in mind. So the first pro is that art therapy work is very satisfying, and rewarding work.

It’s really satisfying to see clients make art and see them grow through art-making processes, and to hold that space for people, to find different parts of themselves that they haven’t found before and express feelings and thoughts that they’ve never knew existed or they didn’t really get to explore.

So witnessing everybody’s “Aha” moments and whenever they gain insight, it’s just a very fulfilling part of working as an Art Therapist. When you do Art Therapy with people, you’ll notice that things get right to the point really fast and there’s no long routes and there’s not a lot of going in circles, a lot of times, clients and people are able to express themselves pretty directly.

The art is kind of like a shortcut to the main issue, the main problem, and the main (therapeutic) goal that we are trying to focus on. So that’s also another satisfying part about Art Therapy. The second point that I wanted to share with y’all was that with Art Therapy and with going through Art Therapy training, it’s really helpful for your own personal growth and for you to understand more about yourself and the people around you.

So when you go through the trainings and the education and the experience of working as an Art Therapist, you will learn so much about yourself, about emotions, about healing, about human psychology, and you get to gain a coping skill of using creative art as a way to cope. And this is something that you take with you once you learn you take with you for the rest of your life. And so I think With Art Therapy and with going into that field, you gain deep knowledge about yourself, which is very helpful for you in terms of working as an Art Therapist and as a human being too. Another pro is that there’s a lot of flexibility and possibility within this career field.

Because Art Therapy is relatively new in comparison to other types of work and other types of career fields, there’s a lot of possibilities in you creating the specific career that YOU want. So you might be able to become a director, you might be able to create and find a program that you really love, or you might be able to integrate different types of therapy with Art Therapy and unique services to people. And you might become a spokesperson for art and Art Therapy.

There’s a lot of different things that you can do once you get that experience and knowledge of Art Therapy. And also, it’s just purely fun to do Art Therapy work – to work with art materials, and try out new materials and see how that affects people, and to witness clients growing through Art Therapy, and seeing them make art, experiment with art and you also have to make art yourself too as an Art Therapist so that’s also fun too. So there’s a lighthearted and fun aspect to Art Therapy that I really love.

Let’s get into the cons of getting into the Art Therapy field and working as an Art Therapist. So the first thing is that this is a pretty high investment career field. So what I mean is that in order to become an Art Therapist it requires a lot of investment in your time and in your money. So when you get into the training and the education to become an Art Therapist, it requires high amounts of tuition. And I know that tuitions can range from $30,000 to almost $50,000 per year these days for graduate programs that specialize in Art Therapy and it can take a significant amount of time to become an Art Therapist because if you count Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree and the time it takes to become Board Certified and Licensed, then it could range from 7 plus years and it just depends on the person, but for me personally, it took almost 8 years in total if you counted from the moment I started my Bachelor’s degree.

That’s how much time it can take for you to actually start doing Art Therapy with people as a licensed or certified Art Therapist. And because the tuition is pretty high, a lot of times people have to take out student loans, and this is a very big commitment and an investment. Repaying loans could take a long, long time especially if the loan that you take out is a very high amount so this is something that I think will require you to think really really hard about before you get into starting this Art Therapy career field. The other con is that working as an Art Therapist the average pay (salary) is not that high.

So, when people being to do Art Therapy, based on surveys, people make around $30,000~ a year, and the average that I found by doing research was $43,000 a year and $23 per hour. So if you look at that and compare to other types of psychology or mental health careers, it can be a lower paying job. Depending on how you look at it, that might be okay, that might not be sufficient. And if you took out loans to get through that Art Therapy education and get that Master’s degree, then it can be especially hard if your pay is low, because it might take a long time to pay off the loans and that can be a very big challenge for Art Therapists.

The third con is that the job outlook for Art Therapy is not that positive. So once you get out of graduate program and once you get certified, or even before you get certified, it can be very hard to find an Art Therapist job out there. Because this field is pretty new and because of other myriads of reasons, there are not a lot of jobs out there especially in states that don’t have licenses for Art Therapists. So I tried to do research on this topic and it was really hard to find concrete evidence for job growth and job outlook for Art Therapists because there is just no research going on in this area.

The only thing that I could find was that in 2004 the job outlook was that the number of jobs was decreasing slightly and they projected that in 2008 or 2010 or so it will increase but since there was no research going on at that time I believe (or at least I don’t see that right now) we don’t really know what the job outlook really looks like right now, and whether the number of jobs available increased or decreased right now. So this means that you might have to work other jobs and you might have to work in roles or positions that are not specifically for Art Therapists.

So that might include doing social work jobs, doing just pure art related jobs, doing different kinds of businesses or part-time jobs, so because of the job outlook and the number of art therapy jobs out there, it can be a challenge and it can be difficult for those of you who really just want to do Art Therapy work when you graduate and get a license. And the last thing I want to mention is that this can differ for a lot of people, but I think that being an Art Therapist and working as an Art Therapist, you don’t see a lot of people who really know what you do and it’s very easy for people to misunderstand what you do or just don’t know what you do.

And that can be very difficult to navigate as you work because you might feel not validated for the work that you do, you might not feel like you’re appreciated for the work you do, you might not feel connected to other people around you especially co-workers, and maybe supervisors – they might not even understand what you do – so that can be very hard, emotionally. So it’s really easy to get in a defensive position or be resentful of other people or very angry or irritated a lot of times.

And plus a lot of the environments that you might work in that are mental health related or especially non-profit environments that can be no supportive in what you do. So that’s one thing that I think might be a difficult part about becoming an Art Therapist and working as one. In conclusion, being an Art Therapist will require a lot of high investment and low guarantee on jobs but it can be very rewarding and there’s a lot of possibilities and flexibilities in creating your own career path.

Art Therapy and Childhood Trauma

Art therapy is a regulated mental health profession using the creative process to enhance a patient’s experience in a safe environment, structured by the therapist, who facilitates, helps facilitate that process for the client.

Art therapy, it really is all about how to give voice to things that may be unspeakable for one reason or another, and again, having the therapeutic benefit of the client feeling as if they’re not the only person in the world who’s ever felt this way, and that somebody else can understand what’s happened to them.

Having the art is a way to see the future to see who they are, and to express themselves, is really helpful … and how people are seeing who they are, compared to how they feel on the inside, compared to the exterior self.

It’s about the process, the art-making, not the final product. A lot of these kids do have histories of trauma and so the ability to, the way the art making process taps into that nonverbal part of the brain and helps them to eventually uncover some of the more deeply seeded traumatic experience they’ve been through.

And then through working with an art therapist who facilitates the process of let’s bring that material forward to a verbal level, where they could start to work it out and move past some of that traumatic history.

We do it in such a way that not only are we meeting people where they are, but we’re trying to make sure that we’re using the art so that they feel their particular lens is reflected and respected, so no matter what their cultural, racial, ethnic background is, that they can see that art can be a vehicle for them to explore whatever the presenting concerns are.

The notion that there is something wrong with them is sort of an anathema to adolescents, they really don’t like that idea, so they’re angry about their life circumstances, and they’re angry that somebody’s told them they have to get some help.

The work so again is how to help them take the feeling that’s in here, honor it, believe that it has reason to be there. It’s not because they’re a bad kid, that they have reasons why they feel the way they do.

The work was all about how to take this feeling that’s inside, get it out in a visible form, and then have the therapeutic benefit of somebody else in the world getting it and being able to understand what had been communicated visually.

What comes to mind is a case that I currently have with a young girl who is now five, but at the age of three, she was playing on a balcony and a stray bullet, you know she’s living in a community where there’s community violence, and she was shot in the leg. And her response to that trauma was to stop talking to anyone but immediate family.

I mean, despite the fact that she very, did not talk to me in the beginning, she responded to art making and I met her where she was and allowed her to draw whatever she wanted to do.

She eventually at the beginning of this school year transformed into this typical youngster who talks to her teachers, went back to the previous teacher, talked to her, and again, I’m like, what did I do other than allow her to kind of tell her story along with the family? I used some art-making activities to even engage the family and what that whole experience was like for them and to go, kind of step by step through a series of drawings to tell their story.

People are experiencing all kinds of different traumas, but one thing that has kept me going, no matter how challenging these cases are, is the response to using art therapy.

What is Art Therapy?

A lot of people ask what is Art Therapy and how is it different from making art? Well, in the simplest terms Art Therapy is like any other therapy cognitive behaviour therapy, group therapy, psychotherapy. All which aim to support people through emotional and psychological difficulties. These therapies are based on the relationship between a therapist and a client and are geared towards achieving therapeutic goals, whatever that may be the thing about art therapy is that in this process clients can harness the creative power of art and making art.

And it’s interesting because art is like a wordless story it enables peoples to express themselves and often find words to things that they couldn’t put words to before. In Art Therapy, the focus is on the process of art making, not the art itself.

So, it doesn’t really matter how good you are at making art, it is more about how it makes you feel and the process of making it and the insights you gain from the creation process. It is a language of self-exploration and it can reveal things even in the lines, shapes and colours that you use so when you consider everyone’s creative, really Art Therapy can be for anyone. Art Therapists, unlike what some people think or movies like Parasite might suggest we don’t make judgements about peoples art that’s really something for the individual to make sense of.

Rather, we are trying to encourage clients to explore their own internal state through art making to reveal things that make sense to them for their own meaning. So, really what we do is we encourage them to think about the lines, the shapes, the colours the effective of making the art has on them and identify ways forward that feel right for their own situation.

Art Therapy is a powerful health enhancing treatment and it’s widely used for a range of mental health issues evidence of it’s benefits range from supporting psychological distress to emotional dysregulation, from supporting recovery from grief or PTSD and even for dementia and addictions.

Why Occupational Therapy?

Why occupational therapy?

Old or young, we all have a job to do-work life. Learn, grow, play, work, manage our homes, and care for our families is the “job” of life. Unfortunately, physical, emotional, or other challenges often prevent people from fully participating in work life. Illness, injury, depression, or developmental problems can make it difficult for people to perform tasks of daily and be independent. Occupational therapy-vibrant, growing professions-enabling people to get independence. And to enjoy life to the fullest. By choosing a career in OT, you can make a difference! You will improve the lives of people, from newborns to the very old. Students today can look forward to a dynamic career with people of all ages. And the employment prospects for occupational therapists bright!

Career approach

The latest information published by the US Department of Labour, the Bureau of Labour Statistics has projected that job prospects for occupational therapists will increase. In the next few years they will continue to do so in the future. In particular, he stated that “the work of occupational therapists is expected to increase much faster than average for all occupations through the year 2014,”. Which means the job is expected to increase by 27% or more.

Advantages of occupational therapy

One of the most advantages of a career in occupational therapy is a wide range of opportunities available to graduates. Many practitioners choose to help children develop in the “work” of childhood. As learning, play, and grow. Therapists are working in schools with students who are learning disabilities and behavioural problems. Others work with premature newborns in the hospital pediatric or children with cerebral palsy, down syndrome and other different disabilities.

Occupational therapists also work with patients in their homes, community centres, rehabilitation hospitals, businesses, and nursing homes. In this setting, occupational therapists help people with traumatic injuries, strokes, Alzheimer’s disease, or mental health problems, besides that learn to live productive lives through the use of meaningful work.

Specialization in OT

Those who joined the field today can choose other areas of practice. Which are increasingly important. This new specialization, includes training workers to use proper ergonomics at work, help people with low vision maintain their independence, make buildings and homes more accessible. And the older driver evaluation and training, and promoting health and well-being.

Everyone wants a career that allows you to be creative.OT may not appear on any list of the traditional “creative” work. But to call it otherwise is flat out wrong. It is a field of occupational therapy evolved from the use of arts and crafts as a result meaningful way. It is therefore, to motivate clients to work towards a goal. And without it feeling like a therapy, a practice that continues today.

For instance, you are working with low-income people at risk for diabetes. You could say, “You have to work out X times a week and eat healthy”. However, many people forget off exercise simply because they do not enjoy it. People also do not know what it means to eat healthily or lack of access to non-processed foods.

Gardening Actions

So, instead of all this you may construct a community garden project, but in which everyone, who participates benefits in more ways than one. Not only has the gardening actions proven to reduce stress and increase physical activity, but the participants can also reap the fruits (and vegetables) of their labour, in turn, leads to healthier eating habits.

So occupational therapy is a profession for individuals, who care about people and have a desire to learn, achieve and contribute the best for the community and the profession! Moreover, you can get more knowledge about OT here.

How to Become a Child Therapist?

What is a Child Therapist?

Children and teens face emotional problems specific to their age group.Child Therapist strive to help overcome these issues. These therapists help children along with their patients with these particular issues. Experimentation with medicines and alcohol, depression and anxiety, schoolwork and self-discipline, time management issues, and family crises such as divorce or death all affect children differently than adults. Child therapists spend their time assessing the depth of these problems with their patients. They work with them to develop coping skills and solutions.

Working Life of a Child Therapist

As a child and adolescent therapist, you must:

  • Carefully observe the children and young people
  • Respond to what they may communicate through behaviour and play with them.
  • Assessment and treatment and care of children and adolescents as individuals or in groups.
  • Tailor your approach to individual children
  • Work in an age-appropriate manner. They also use a play or drawing techniques with young children, but talk about feelings with teenagers.
  • Provide short-term and long-term sessions with children, young people and parents, from a few sessions for regular appointments for many years.
  • Working with other professionals and therapists in planning how best to help the child and the child’s family. For example, in schools, hospitals, child care and child protection agencies.
  • Work as part of a multidisciplinary team consisting of a psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, pediatric nurses, special education needs coordinator (SENCOs), family therapist and community psychiatric nurses, most often in CAMHS.


Entry Requirements to become Child Therapist

Child psychotherapist supervise trainees and other therapists. Planning services in conjunction with the commissioner and develop new services. Keep up to date with the development of theory and research and undertake professional development (CPD).
Training is offered at schools accredited by the Association of Child psychotherapist (ACP). You will need an honours degree (or equivalent) and a great experience working with children and adolescents to get a spot. This experience can be from a variety of settings, including social care, health and education.

Before starting the clinical training, you will conduct pre-clinical studies. Complete courses in psychoanalytic observational studies in the graduate diploma, masters or equivalent level. It usually takes about two to three years.

You will then complete a four-year clinical training scheme, which covers the theory, techniques and clinical practice under supervision. For clinical work, you will be based at the NHS CAMHS teams or other appropriate arrangements.

Areas covered include:

Long and short-term psychoanalytic work with children, adolescents. Elderly assessment and working with groups and families consultation with other professionals.

Degree for Child Therapist

Getting a master’s degree helps you acquire the skills and knowledge required to become a licensed therapist. As part of this therapy program, you can work under a psychologist’s supervision to gain experience. Continuing education is as essential as it can expand your knowledge. Keep you abreast of child therapy’s latest trends and developments.

Students who complete it can work as a registered play therapist. This certification program lasts 24 months and includes 22 programs on law and ethics issues in child care, toys and uses them, play cognitive-behavioral therapy, play therapy, and integrative.

Licensing in Child Therapy

Formal education and child therapist courses prepare you for the job. But you need a license to work in this field. Like most professions, licensing requires depending on the country. In general, most states require at least evidence of education and supervised clinical experience. You may also need to complete a certain number of hours of continuing education to maintain your license.

The Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and therapists, for example, requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited program and 2,400 hours of supervised counseling. Prospective therapists must also pass a competency exam. Such as the National Counselor Examination (NCE) and Oregon law and regulations exam. Licenses must be renewed every year.

Key skills and ability

Not everyone has what it takes to work with children. This profession requires special skills and abilities, as well as a passion for helping others. An enthusiastic, caring individual with strong communication skills is often the best therapist. Ideally, it would help if you had a genuine interest in dealing with children’s emotional and behavioural problems, critical thinking, and active listening. Other essential skills and qualities of a good therapist can include:

  • Empathy
  • Flexibility
  • Conditional positive thing
  • Patience
  • Resilience
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Ability interpersonal
  • Self-reflection
  • The ability to cope with strong emotions
  • Depth knowledge and understanding of the behaviour of children
  • A sense of humour
  • Strong code of ethics

Most of these skills can be learned through practice and experience. If you are the type of person expecting quick results, you may be disheartened to find this.Therapy often takes years to work. Patience is essential. You have to build a strong relationship with your clients. Need to gain their trust, and understand the root cause of their problem. This process requires mental strength, empathy and openness.

Career Outlook towards Child Therapy

Child and adolescent therapy is a small and specialised profession. Hence, the chances for progress will vary depending on your region or interest, experience and willingness to relocate.

If you are working in the NHS for the CAMHS team or other relevant arrangements, there are opportunities to develop a specialization in areas such as:

  • Forensic
  • Inability to learn
  • Looked-after children
  • Neonatal work
  • Parent groups.

There are more opportunities to take on managerial responsibilities in NHS mental health services, or you can do a lecture, research or clinical teaching at universities or training institutes.

If you are in private practice, your success depends on building a reputation and network of contacts. You will need a good head for business, as well as administrative and marketing skills.


  • NHS salary scale applicable to the majority of children and adolescent psychotherapist who works in the NHS CAMHS or other mental health services. Trainee psychotherapists can earn £ 30 401 to £ 37 267 (Band 6).
  • Qualified child and adolescent psychotherapists can expect a salary in the region of £ 37 570 to £ 43 772.
  • The psychotherapist principal will be paid pay scale, starting at £ 44 606 and go up to £ 86 687 for the most senior posts.

Become A Behavioral Therapist

Become A Behavioral Therapist

Today I will discuss behavioral therapy and the profession as a therapist as well. So stay here and update yourself by every detail because you are going to need it in any case.


What is behavioral therapy?

Behavioral therapy and behavioural counselling is a term used to describe different techniques used to change mall-adaptive behaviour. The goal is to reinforce the good and desire behaviour and eliminate unwanted expressions and feelings. Behavioural therapy has roots in behaviourism principles. It is a school of thought that focus on the idea that we learn from our environment.

There are some types of behavioral therapy :

Below are mentioned some types of behavioural therapy, as for now I am just mentioning names for your convenience but in the next coming articles I will surely share the details of them.

  • Applied behavior analysis
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Dialectical behavioral therapy
  • Exposure therapy
  • Rational emotive behavioral therapy
  • Social learning theory

Working Life Of a Behavioural Therapist


Behaviour therapists work with people with various disorders, such as depression or anorexia. It is to make betterment in behaviour and end the causes of this issue. They work not only with adults but also with children in a group or one-on-one counselling meeting. Behavioural therapists may work alone or work in hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation centres, or community health centres. These professionals have strong listening skills and empathy, evaluate patients. They provide treatment through in-office and at-home exercises, role-playing, writing assignments etc. Behaviour therapists can work full-time or part-time.

Entry Requirements for Behavioural Therapist

Many behavioural therapists are holding a doctoral degree with a minimum of a master’s license and state-require degree of therapists. Education starts with an undergraduate degree in psychology and continues with graduate programs in psychology or therapy.

Degree for Behavioural Therapist


To become a behavioural therapist or counsellor, one usually only require a college degree (Bureau of Labour Statistics, 2015). A master’s degree, however, can help prospective job therapists find it easier. Mental health counsellors must have a master’s degree in clinical mental health counselling or a related field (Bureau of Labour Statistics, 2015).

Regardless of the type of person who wants to be a therapist, most areas require additional licenses. This license consists of an hour (about 2,000 to 4,000 in a few cases) supervised counselling experience along with a pass.

License/Certification for Behavioural counsellor

As ABA has wide applications in almost every situation in which a certain behaviour or response requires to be taught or encouraged. Here behaviour analysts look for work in many areas outside the typical range of psychological or therapist practice. Apart from practice or career paths, specific requirements for entering the field of applied behaviour analysis is universally recognise:

  • Get a master’s or higher degree qualification in behaviour analysis, psychology or education.
  • Get real-world experience through supervised practicum or field.
  • Pass a national certification exam to further qualify for Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA®) credential.
  • Obtain a state license if your state has licensing requirements in place for ABAS.

Although not all countries have provided licensing laws define ABAS’s professional requirements. In fact most countries have gone so far as to also include language in the legislation. This determines their health insurance ABAS qualification needs to provide therapy that must be eligible for reimbursement. In almost all cases, the insurance and licensing laws either require the practitioner to hold BCBA® master-level (Board Certified Behaviour Analyst) certification. Otherwise meet the same educational standards, effectively making the minimum requirements for a master’s degree in order to practice independently in almost all countries.

Skills and Personal Characteristics of a therapist:


  • Interest in caring for people by identifying their needs and assisting them to solve problems.
  • The ability to show respect and sensitivity to patients with a wide range of various backgrounds, abilities, socioeconomic status and education.
  • Ability to respect patient-therapist boundaries and work with sensitive information because they want to treat them as soon as possible.
  • Creative approach to problem-solving and the quality to lead and inspire others.
  • Ability to work individually as well as a part of a team.
  • Having good listening and interpersonal skills.
  • Patience because treatment takes time.
  • Have a sophisticated language and analytical skills.
  • Strong communication skills (written and spoken).
  • Critical thinking but should care of the sense of patient as well..
  • Emotional stability for overcoming the tension and depression stories by patients.

Job Outlook

Working from substance abuse, behavioural disorders, mental health therapist is projected to grow 25 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. Employment growth is expected as people continue to look for addiction and mental health therapy but people require the specialists in such fields.

Salary of a Behavioural therapist:

The average annual salary for that person who holds a Master of Science in ABA is $ 55 402, and some as high as $ 80 287 but totally depends on education level and experience.

It is possible to get a doctorate in the field of applied behaviour analysis and proceed further. In general, the higher the level in ABA as well as more job opportunities and higher salaries exist. In a study on income, unemployment and educational attainment as a whole, the US Bureau of Labour Statistics found that professionals and with a higher level of education have both the lower unemployment rate and the average salary is higher.

Hope this information was beneficial for you.

Become An Addiction Therapist

Hey there, This therapy guide covers all the essential aspects of addiction therapy and you will learn how to become an addiction therapist but read the post carefully.

Today we will discuss about addiction therapist. Addiction is the continuing to use a substance. It is also engaging in an activity despite continuing negative consequences and to escape from negative feeling states.

Addiction therapists provide the necessary support systems for individuals recovering from either eating disorders or substance addiction, drinking problems or gambling addiction and other behavioural problems.

Counsellors in this field help addicts with both issues of crisis management and long-term addiction. It can range from immediate medical intervention to support them to manage their long-term recovery.

What is an Addiction Therapy?


Addiction therapy intends to help addicts stop compulsive substance seeking and use. Treatment can be in various settings, many different forms, and last for different lengths of time.

Addiction is usually a chronic disorder characterise by occasional relapses, short-term and one-time therapy is usually not enough. For many patients, treatment is a long-term process that involves multiple interventions and regular monitoring.

Behavioural therapy or addiction therapy can help motivate people to participate in treatment

  • Offers strategies for overcoming substance addiction.
  • Teach how to avoid addiction and prevent relapse.
  • Help individuals deal with relapse if it occurs.

Behavioural therapy can also help people improve their sense and ability of communications. It helps relationships, parenting skills and family dynamics.

There is a variety of evidence-base approaches to treating addiction. Addiction treatment or addiction therapy can include behavioural therapy (such as cognitive-behavioural therapy or contingency management), medications, or a combination of all.

The particular type of treatment or combination of treatments will vary depending on patients’ individual needs and often, the types of substances they use.

Working life of Addiction Therapist


A daily structure addiction therapist job is a list that is always changing, and significant responsibility as specific steps are taken to guide people of all ages, ethnicities and genders to the ever-important point of recovery.

A combination of maintaining healthy relationships with clients and the management of available resources makes an essential counsellor rebuild their lives.

Flexibility and Routine

More recently, a broader understanding of the relationship between mental and physical health and daily management of the right that the connection opens the door for creating a better path to success for substance abusers.

Depending on the qualifications and education, day-to-day responsibility for counsellors may vary in the range. Still, the ultimate goal stays the same which is to have the opportunity at any time to change people’s lives for the better.


There is always a challenge in a substance abuse counsellor’s job, but they are often worth the effort.

There are daily tasks of a counsellor that will perform by the needs of their territory but establishing a comprehensive schedule is formed and managed with experience and time.

Identifying What It Requires and How To Get It

Depending on the qualification of a counsellor, a working day can involve one or more of the following:

  • Meeting with clients to evaluate their situation.
  • Review and discuss the multifaceted treatment of this plan affects.
  • Help clients identify behaviours or conditions that hinder their recovery.
  • May refer them to other treatment options outside the realm of the counsellor.

Therapists tactics need not be limited to a one-on-one meeting. Many will take advantage of group sessions to address these issues.

Taking time in a week to develop or participate in outreach programs that raise awareness of substance abuse counsellors alone can improve understanding of substance abuse society’s needs.

Works With All aspects of the recovery

There is also working with insurance companies and public assistance programs. When meeting with clients and trying to design the best recovery program, it is essential to understand what resources the client has the recovery spectrum available to them. Further to the client’s progress

  • The counsellor can discuss options for rebuilding the professional and personal relationships.
  • Family help members learn how to deal with the client’s situation.
  • Begin the process of helping clients transition back to work and the social world.

Entry requirements for Addiction Therapist


Almost half of the directors responded to the survey in 2012 reported that they face the challenge of staffing the facility with qualified workers. The majority had a lack of qualified applicants.
Roughly half cited a lack of proper education and training; the other half cited a lack of work experience in substance use disorder facility.

You can choose your degree program and curricular and extracurricular activities so that you finish well. Almost a third of respondents’ ATTC show practicum and internship placements are an important part of employees’ recruitment process.
You do not require a lot of hard and tough education to become a substance abuse therapist as you do to assume many mental health roles, including Licensed Professional counsellors or psychologists.

Sometimes it is possible to enter the field with a high school diploma. In many jurisdictions, you have the option of learning counselling strategies and concepts associated with addiction through continuing education approved or academic courses.

A therapist degree can be an asset, however. Formal education and training can be about more than just taking therapeutic classes. Practicum or internship is a common requirement.

This program can put you in one or more settings where you can make a connection and start gaining necessary experience (but sometimes elusive). Didactic courses also serve a role.

Degree of Addiction Therapist

A bachelor’s degree in addiction therapy prepares graduates to work with diverse populations in the individual or group. The requirement for counselling positions and settings vary by specialty; addiction counselling schools emphasize communication skills, critical thinking and empathy.

A scholar in substance abuse counselling provides students with basic knowledge related to the reasons and control of drug or substance addiction and the techniques used to provide effective therapy and facilitate rehabilitation.

Most programs prepare students to meet the licensing requirements in their country and help them meet the clinical needs necessary to practice.

Addiction therapists may seek work in correctional facilities, shelters, hospitals, detox centres, and private clinics.

These professionals are often facing the challenge of working conditions, particularly those employed by the prison and juvenile detention facilities. No matter the setting, this counsellor should recognize and implement appropriate situations and work with individuals or families in crisis.

Many students decide to enroll in traditional, campus-based schools for substance counselling immediately after graduating from high school or earn an associate degree.

Programs brick and mortar facilitate interaction with other students and promote direct and personal connection with faculty members.


The credentialing process will vary. Some state licensing or certification substance abuse counsellor directly. Some assist them to a third-party certification body. Perhaps there is only one recognized board certification in any jurisdiction, or there may be some.

Board certification is the most widely accepted member of the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC & RC) or an affiliate of the Association of Substance Abuse Professionals (NAADAC).

There are similarities in the process regardless of whether the issues directly or entrust credential countries outside agency. Full certification requires experience.

In some cases, you will hold entry-level credentials as you grow your experience. Other requirements include education, examination, and screening of the character.

You will be needed to orient yourself to the therapist’s code of conduct to give top-notch service to the people treated in therapy. The therapist may also find it helpful to get the common elements of sound therapy.

Skills and personal characteristics Needed


Of course, many different skills and traits can help you succeed as a therapist. Some of the primary skills that will assist you in counselling include:


Empathy is the ability to understand and identify with others’ experiences, even if patients do not describe their thoughts and feelings explicitly to you.

A good therapist can empathise with all kinds of people, understand their thoughts, choices and feelings even if, as an addiction therapist, you do not agree with clients. The therapist needs to be emotionally attuned to the needs of individuals, and also to be able to help them identify, express and articulate their feelings.

Angry people, for example, might be struggling with feelings of inadequacy were furious fuel. A highly empathetic therapist will be better prepared to detect this.


In almost all forms of therapy, you will need to listen to people actively, reflect their thoughts to them, and remember important events, moments and feelings that they describe to you. You will also need to pay strong attention to what a person does not say and explores its communication.

For example, survivors of physical assault who never talk about their traumatic experiences might say something through silence. If you are quickly bored with the conversation or have difficulty allowing others to contribute to the discussion, being an effective therapist can be challenging for you.


Good social skills can take you through the first few therapy sessions. When a person may be uncomfortable because he/she does not know you or is familiar with you.

Strong communication skills can also be helpful to make people feel comfortable on the phone or via email.

Sometimes you will need to refer to another therapist or psychiatrist. So you need to have a strong network of friends with whom you communicate can help you give people the best referrals.

People are also more likely to make a positive therapeutic relationship with a therapist. Therapist who is a good communicator can convey confidence and assertiveness.


To provide ethical therapy, counsellor and therapist should build and maintain healthy boundaries with people they help in the treatment.

One aspect of protecting the welfare of those who work with the therapy is to avoid dual relationships. They include especially romantic relationships or physical. It can be unethical for you to participate in a romantic relationship with the people you treat in therapy.

The therapist must clearly and professionally communicate with clients the nature under boundaries of the therapeutic relationship. It usually starts during your initial consultation with them when they fill your disclosure form.

Career Outlook

A new addiction therapist position became available at a much faster rate than average. It makes the job an attractive career path for job seekers.

In 2015, the opioid intake killed more than 33,000 people. By comparison, nearly as many people die in car accidents, heroin kills more people than gun homicides. There is no doubt that an addiction therapist is required.

While it was clear the substance crisis has not minimised. The US Labour Department does not attribute the increase in direct employment counsellor addicted to it.

Instead, experts and professionals at the Bureau of Labour Statistics attribute the projected increase addiction counsellor position several critical new trends.

The first tendency is that more insurance providers are moving towards covering substance abuse counselling to their patients, prompted by federal health insurance law. 

Salary of Addiction Therapist


It is possible to get more when you become a clinical therapist with:

  • Working for the government: A behavioural therapist who works for a government agency can earn about $ 96,000-more than $ 40,000. They can have more than they would get in the healthcare setting.