Therapist Resume Guide

12 Therapist Resume Examples - Here's What Works In 2024

With 1 in 5 US adults experiencing mental illness every year, and suicide being the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10-34, mental health professionals are more important now than ever. Therapists are an essential part of the mental health industry and this guide will show you how to craft a strong therapist resume that will have you on your way to getting your dream therapist job.

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Hiring Manager for Therapist Roles
Compiled by: Kimberley Tyler-Smith
Senior Hiring Manager
20+ Years of Experience

A therapist is a licensed mental health professional. Under the umbrella of ‘therapist’, are a variety of specialties that address different categories of mental health disorders and treat them differently. E.g some professionals focus on trauma while others focus on relationships, and some professionals mainly use talk therapy while others are licensed to prescribe medication. Regardless of their method of treatment or area of focus, the end goal of a therapist is to provide relief for clients struggling with their mental health and to give them coping mechanisms to help ease their symptoms.

To become a therapist you must have a bachelor’s degree and an advanced degree in your specialty. Some specialties may go as far as to require a doctorate before you can practice. Beyond a certified educational background, therapists must have certain soft skills that include patience, active listening, empathy, and strong communication. 

We will explore the different therapist specialties and give you tips that will help you craft a strong specialty-specific resume.

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