PhD Doctorate in Counseling & Therapy Programs Overview
Pursuing a Doctorate in Counseling reflects a student’s decision and commitment to go deeper into one area of this complex and broad field. Across the United States, professional counselors are licensed on the basis of a master’s degree. Many professionals, though, opt to study at the doctoral level, since this is a requirement for those interested in practicing as a clinical, counseling and research psychologist.
Both Ph.D. in Counseling and PhD in Psychology degree programs with a counseling specialization are offered. These degree programs instruct students to provide psychological counseling for a variety of issues, including mental health and addiction.
The average length of a Counseling PhD program is 3 to 5 years of study, and students must already hold a hold a master's degree in counseling or a related field. In some programs, a yearlong residency or internship is required for hands-on experience. Most doctorate programs also call for a dissertation.
In terms of licensing, these requirements vary from state to state and may depend upon the type of counseling being done. Most states call for a master's degree, clinical experience and successful completion of a certification exam. Professionals usually have to take continuing education courses are generally required to retain the license.