The prerequisites are that you have savior complex and are in serious need of therapy. 😄
What is a therapist?
A therapist is a person who is passionate about healing. However, the objective is to accompany, not to heal.
He or she has been trained in certain tools, in order to place the person in the best position to self-heal.
Check the complete article that describes what a therapist is.
Find a training course
There are many therapeutic training courses, which allow you to work as a psychotherapist or practitioner.
Some last a week, others take years.
The most important thing when finding your training is to listen to your heart.
A therapist is enthusiastic about his or her work, and continues to train throughout life.
The desire to become a therapist is often linked to a career change.
There are apprehensions about leaving a stable job:
- Fear of running out of money.
- Fear of failing.
However, deep down, the future practitioner feels called.
It is not advisable to jump headlong into a change of activity without a source of income. Otherwise, it creates money anxiety. The primary goal becomes to generate income, rather than to support others. The quality of care is affected.
One aspect that is often neglected is marketing.
Therapists are not always well prepared, and this leads to disappointment.
It is difficult to attract clients without making yourself known.
A website is a plus, but not essential. Similarly, an Instagram account is unlikely to fill the schedule.
The main way for a therapist to get known is through word of mouth.
There are a number of (often voluntary) solutions at the start:
- Offering sessions to people around you.
- Giving lectures.
- Speaking in associations.
- Offering workshops.
- Expanding your network.
- Finding partnerships (e.g. offer free coaching to a physiotherapist in exchange for recommendations to his/her clients).
If the lack of patients persists, the blockage is internal.
The most important thing is to be yourself, to let your inner light shine, and to bring your own specificity.
Healers want to help others, only to realize that they need to heal themselves: this is the savior complex.
Deep introspection is necessary to avoid transposition onto clients.
The more the therapist understands him/herself and awakens spiritually, the better he/she will be able to guide others.
The work on oneself is continuous, and is never finished.
This is the most important part of training as a therapist.
How to become a therapist?
By training properly, by making yourself known, and by exploring yourself.
It is an exciting job that brings about a profound personal transformation.