Careers in CBT

Qualified CBT therapists can work in a number of settings and may progress to other areas of work as their career develops. You don't have to be accredited with us in order to work as a CBT practitioner either in an institution or privately, however, for many employers accreditation is required for job applications.

Clinician- this could mean doing individual and/or group therapy and settings could include:

  • IAPT (NHS) service 
  • NHS community mental health teams
  • psychology/psychotherapy departments
  • forensic services in prisons
  • specialist NHS departments like eating disorders, psychosis, chronic fatigue
  • within organisations such as the Police, Fire Service
  • private hospitals - inpatient and outpatient
  • individual private practice

Supervisor – established therapists can go on to supervise other therapists in a number of settings. 

Academic and/or trainer – experienced practitioners may move on to teach, research and publish in universities or other training or healthcare settings.

  • Many practitioners work in combinations of these roles

Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners (PWPs) deliver certain cognitive and behavioural strategies called Low Intensity interventions within IAPT in the NHS. They have a different qualification to CBT therapists. 

  • We are in the process of developing a new PWP Accreditation - this will be a separate process from becoming accredited as a CBT practitioner 
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