therapy faqs - counseling explained

How long does it take to train as a therapist?

How long does it take to become a licensed therapist?

The short answer, it takes 9-12 years to become a licensed therapist.

What type of education is required to become a licensed therapist?

Read on for a more detailed answer on what it takes to become a licensed therapist. Becoming a therapist requires that you complete a four-year bachelor’s degree, plus a master’s degree (which usually takes an additional 2 to 3 years). Therapists then have the option of going on to complete a doctoral degree (another 2-3 years).

Once finished with school, a therapist must complete a one-year internship followed by two years of supervised clinical hours. So, if you’re counting that’s anywhere from 9-12 years to become a licensed therapist.

Each state also has its own set of licensing requirements. Arizona, for example, requires that each therapist meet all of the above requirements (except for the optional doctoral degree), as well as pass a background check, and a licensing exam.

Then, once you receive your license, you are required to renew it every 2 years by completing 30 hours of continuing education.

Plus, there are additional trainings and certifications for specialty modalities like EMDR Therapy and The Gottman Method for couples counseling.

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How to get started with counseling

We’ll start by arraging a free phone consultation with you an one of our trusted thereapist. You'll briefly discuss your needs and decide if you'd like to process with booking a session. Many clients opt for a combination of online and in-office sessions; others choose one or the other as their schedule demands - we offer both to suit your needs!

We offer online therapy to Arizona residents and in-person therapy for those in the Scottsdale are - and we are currently accepting new clients.

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At Claibourne Counseling, we offer a supportive and collaborative environment – we’re here to help when you’re ready!