Clinical and Counseling Psychologists


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+9.9% (as fast as the average)


What Clinical and Counseling Psychologists Do

Assess, diagnose, and treat mental and emotional disorders of individuals through observation, interview, and psychological tests. Help individuals with distress or maladjustment understand their problems through their knowledge of case history, interviews with patients, and theory. Provide individual or group counseling services to assist individuals in achieving more effective personal, social, educational, and vocational development and adjustment. May design behavior modification programs and consult with medical personnel regarding the best treatment for patients.

Other Job Titles Clinical and Counseling Psychologists May Have

Clinical Psychologist, Counseling Psychologist, Psychologist, Psychotherapist

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Doctor of Clinical Psychology, Certified Hypnotherapist, & Life Coach

I use my skills in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), NLP (Neurolinguistic Programming), Time Line Therapy, and EFT (Emotion Free Therapy), combined with hypnosis and talk therapy to treat patients with a variety of issues including anxiety, smoking, career problems, survivors of abuse, and more. I also occasionally do public speaking events, volunteer, and write books in my spare time.

Founder & Mental Health Therapist ,

Vista Counseling

I get my kids ready, drop them off at school, and go into work. I start by looking over my list of clients for the day. Then I prepare anything I need for that day. My first client will come in, we'll have a session, then I'll work on my progress notes for the client. Then my next client comes in. I see clients all day. I may perform clinical supervision for my staff in between sessions. I work with clients all day every day but each day is different because I perform different types of therapy.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Interact with clients to assist them in gaining insight, defining goals, and planning action to achieve effective personal, social, educational, or vocational development and adjustment.
  • Conduct assessments of patients' risk for harm to self or others.
  • Counsel individuals, groups, or families to help them understand problems, deal with crisis situations, define goals, and develop realistic action plans.
  • Write reports on clients and maintain required paperwork.
  • Collect information about individuals or clients, using interviews, case histories, observational techniques, and other assessment methods.

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