Psychotherapy involves a close interpersonal relationship between the therapist and the client. Those who wish to obtain senior roles as a psychotherapist typically pursue a doctorate in psychotherapy or psychoanalysis. A doctorate in this field would also prepare a student for in-depth research in therapy methods and analysis. A few schools offer a doctorate degree in psychotherapy, all of which require working one-on-one with clients.
Dublin City University
Dublin City University offers a doctorate program in psychotherapy. Students participate in the four-year program part-time. The central focus of the doctorate program is to enable students to use an inquiry-based method to work with patients. During the first two years of study, students focus on classroom learning. Research projects and building a clinical portfolio take up the majority of the final two years of the program. In order to complete their portfolio, students must spend a minimum of 200 hours working with clients. Applicants must have professional work experience in the field and submit a research proposal.
Dublin City University 9 Glasnevin Avenue Dublin 11, Co. Dublin City, Ireland +353-1-700-8542 dcu.ie
Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis
The doctor of psychoanalysis degree offered by the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis (BGSP) is comprised of two levels of study. The first level is three semesters in length and involves a fieldwork placement and study of research methods and psychoanalytic theory. The second level of study requires 150 hours of supervision while working with clients. Throughout the program, each student works on a specific research topic under supervision of a research adviser. The program typically takes five and a half years of full-time study to complete.
Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis 1581 Beacon Street Brookline, MA 02446 617-277-3915 bgsp.edu
The Metanoia Institute in London partners with Middlesex University to offer a doctorate in psychotherapy. This professional doctorate is designed for senior-qualified psychotherapists, psychologists and counsellors who wish to develop a focused research project in the field of psychotherapy. By integrating clinical observations, research findings and communications with experts in the field, each student develops their own doctorate track. Students are expected to produce projects or published works in the topic of their choice.
Applicants should have already obtained a master's-level degree in a related field, such as psychotherapy or counselling. Participants in the program must also be accredited by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) or a similar psychological society.
Metanoia Institute 13 North Common Road Ealing, London W5 2QB +440-20-8579-2505 metanoia.ac.uk