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Andrew Philip

Being a psychologist is quite an adventure. There are many different types beyond the traditional idea of a psychologist (e.g., someone who conducts 1 hour therapy sessions over a long period of time - for example, I am a health psychologist and work with my patients on lifestyle changes to help manage or divert chronic health conditions, typically during very brief and targeted interventions). You have a regular opportunity to connect with people on a particularly deep and meaningful level, and help them find their way to create meaning and value during pivotal times in their lives. It often comes with challenges- some struggle with the emotional toll of empathizing with others' problems, and the educational and professional requirements to become a psychologist can be grueling. You can also be involved with research, policy reform, and a host of other opportunities.

Answered 9 years ago

Andrew Philip