How I became a therapist

Are you interested in finding out what a career in psychotherapy has to offer? In this series of pieces, UKCP members discuss their route into the profession and how they work. They demonstrate the different types of psychotherapists there are and the varied career paths that are open to those working in the psychotherapeutic profession.

Hannah Sherbersky

Working in the NHS and private practice Hannah talks about the varying aspects of her career, including her feature in a BBC TV documentary.

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Dwight Turner 

Discusses how he is challenging psychotherapy training and techniques to test students prejudices.

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Gary Bloom

Sports expert Gary Bloom reveals what lead him to train as a psychotherapist.

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Gillie Jenkinson 

After leaving an abusive cult herself Gillie sought to help break the cult mindset in others, which lead her to train as a psychotherapist.

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Catherine Knibbs

Shares how her worry for her children’s mental wellbeing led to her to pursue psychotherapeutic training.

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John-Paul Davies

Talks about his transition from lawyer to psychotherapist.

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Julia Bueno

Unpacks her career working with people who have experienced a miscarriage.

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Juliet Rosenfeld

Wanting to understand more about the mind and her own experience with depression Juliet began training as a psychotherapist.

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Melinda Powell

She shares her personal story and discusses the role dreams played on her path to training.

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Melissa Cliffe

Her career in Marketing held little long-term appeal after she found a therapy training that inspired her to change paths.

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Penny Moon

In her career Penny has helped thousands of children and families, she shares her story.

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Sam Carbon

Sam started her career in investment banking, but after 25 years reached a realisation that her skills would help her make the transition into the world of psychotherapy.

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Stephen Westcott

Working in the music industry sparked UKCP psychotherapist Stephen Westcott interest in personal development and the therapeutic profession.

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Suzanne Worrica

UKCP psychotherapist Suzanne Worrica was drawn to the psychotherapeutic profession long before she started her training.

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Podcast How I became a therapist podcast

We've recorded a podcast talking to our members about their unique journeys into psychotherapy.

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