Featured Advice
What are your interests?



The Linguistic's interests are usually focused on ideas and information exchange. They tend to like reading a lot, and enjoy discussion about what has been said. Some will want to write about their own ideas and may follow a path towards journalism, or story writing or editing. Others will develop skills in other languages, perhaps finding work as a translator or interpreter. Most Linguistic types will enjoy the opportunity to teach or instruct people in a topic they are interested in.

Occupation Details

logo imagelogo image


Job Zone

Most of these occupations require post-graduate qualifications. For example, they may require a masters degree, and some require a Ph.D., or M.D.

Related Experience
Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience plus specialist training to be able to do their job.

Job Training
Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.

Job Zone Examples
These occupations often involve coordinating, training, supervising, or managing the activities of others to accomplish goals. They may also require very specialist skills. Very advanced communication and organisational skills are required. Examples include lawyers, aerospace engineers, wildlife biologists, school psychologists, surgeons, treasurers, and most scientists.

€24k > 43
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€24 - 43
Related Information:
Data Source(s):

Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
Return to List
Saves this course to your Career File if you are registered.

At a Glance... header image

Trained to relate to and treat people who are distressed and works to alleviate personal suffering and encourage change.

Videos & Interviews header image

Follow the links below to watch videos related to this occupation:

Note: you will be leaving the CareersPortal Site

Go..Search YouTube for Psychotherapist videos

The Work header image

Psychotherapists usually work with clients on a one-to-one basis, meeting them in private and treating their problems in confidence. Some psychotherapists work with families, couples, children or groups of clients. They offer the opportunity to address thought processes, feelings and behaviour in order to understand inner conflicts.  
There are various schools of thought in psychotherapy. Each of the five major approaches is represented by their own organisation in Ireland. See contact details below.  
Therapists who use psychodynamic therapy (which includes psychoanalysis and Jungian analysis) encourage clients to explore their feelings and open up their emotions. Many psychotherapists believe that our experiences as children strongly affect our adult behaviour, even if we are unaware of this influence. They help clients to make links between past and present events.  
A central part of psychodynamic therapy is the idea that the type of relationship that develops between psychotherapist and client can itself reveal a lot about the client's difficulties.  
In cognitive/behavioural therapy, therapists help clients to challenge their assumptions about past experiences and present relationships. Psychotherapists help their clients to think about and put into practice strategies for change.  
Face-to-face interviews and verbal communication are an important part of psychotherapy. However, the therapist can also learn from non-verbal communication. For example, some psychotherapists specialise in child and adolescent psychotherapy. They may observe how children play or behave towards other children, to find out more about their feelings and relationships. Psychotherapists may also analyse drawings to see what they reveal about young people's thoughts and feelings. Psychotherapists usually see the family together initially.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

As a psychotherapist, you must enjoy working with people and helping them to solve their problems. You must respect the client's right to make their own decisions, and avoid making judgements, giving advice or imposing solutions.  
The ability to use tact and treat your client's problems in strict confidence is essential to psychotherapy. Some clients experience positive changes after a short time, but others need therapy over a long period, so you will need patience, tolerance and determination. You will need excellent communication skills, to listen carefully and ask the right questions.  
Clients may reveal intense emotions, and discuss painful aspects of their past or present experiences. You must be objective and professional at all times, and be resilient enough not to become burdened by the problems you encounter.

Further Informationheader image

A detailed description of this occupation can be found on a number of online databases. Follow the link(s) below to access this information:

Note: you will be leaving the CareersPortal Site

Go..Psychotherapist - from: N.C.S. [UK]
Go..Psychotherapist - from: GradIreland

Related Occupationsheader image

Contactsheader image


Organisation: Psychotherapy - CBT
Address: St Vincent's Centre, Navan Road, Dublin 7
Tel: (01) 838 3234 Ext. 120
Email: Click here
Url Click here


Organisation: Irish Council for Psychotherapy
Address: 73 Quinn's Road, Shankill, Co. Dublin
Tel: (01) 272 2105
Email: Click here
Url Click here


Organisation: Psychotherapy - FTAI
Address: 73 Quinn's Road, Shankill, Co Dublin
Tel: (01) 272 2105
Email: Click here
Url Click here


Organisation: Psychotherapy - IAHIP
Address: 44 Northumberland Avenue, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin
Tel: (01) 284 1665
Email: Click here
Url Click here


Organisation: Psychotherapy - ICPA
Address: 2, Dungar Terrace, Northumberland Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin
Tel: (01) 284 3336
Email: Click here
Url Click here


Organisation: Psychotherapy - IFPP
Address: St Saviour's, Dorset Street, Dublin 1
Tel: (01) 451 3076 / 087-284 5637
Email: Click here
Url Click here


Organisation: Psychotherapy - IGAS
Address: Global House, 29 Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1
Tel: (01) 878 6486
Email: Click here
Url Click here


Organisation: Irish Association for Psychotherapy in Primary Care
Address: 35 Merchants Road, Galway
Tel: 091 565814
Email: Click here
Url Click here

Search for Jobs

Industry Expert

Career Articles

A Week in My Family Therapy Practice

Career Guidance

This occupation is popular with people who have the following Career Interests...

...and for people who like working in the following Career Sectors:

Psychology & Social Care
Medical & Healthcare

Search for Related Courses from Qualifax - the National Learners Database