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Family Therapists, Therapy Education, Therapy Studies


Therapy is a generic term for a variety of counseling services that are available to people with family difficulties or personal turmoil.  Psychiatrists and Clinical Psychologists engage in Therapy through their personal practices.  These highly trained holders of Doctorates have been the traditional providers of Personal Therapy for decades.


Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists have assumed a substantial role in the Therapy profession.  This profession requires a Masters Degree and a couple of years of ‘apprenticeship’ counseling before the student is allowed to take the exam and obtain the License.  People in this profession counsel individuals, couples and families as required.


There are also people in the field of Social Work that provide counseling services in Public Clinics and other settings.  There are many Human Services professionals who end up providing counseling and Group Therapy in Substance Abuse Clinics.  People who find themselves in Social Services facilities are often poor, homeless or both and need not only Counseling but Therapy to deal with the emotional difficulties that have brought them low in the first place. 


Degrees for Careers in Therapy


  • M.D./Psychiatry
  • PhD in Psychology
  • Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Bachelors/Masters in Human Services
  • Bachelors in Social Work
  • Bachelors in Social Sciences
  • Certification in Substance Abuse Counseling

Median Annual Salaries for Therapists




Marriage and Family Therapists


Substance Abuse Counselors


Clinical Mental Health Counselors



Sources: American Psychological Association; Univ. of Oregon College of Education; U.S. Dept. of Labor

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