Psychotherapist

Due to the nature of a psychologists job I could not actually sit in during any sessions with clients; however, David Schatzky, a seasoned psychotherapist, gave me the run down of his career in his office. His path to psychotherapy is a rather inspirational and special one. He was a client for 40 years of psychotherapy; he got familiar with how therapy works over the years and wanted to help people the way he was helped - pretty awesome.

In his office he just tries to provide a comfortable atmosphere where people can relax and “let their hair down.” He wants to have meaningful talks and believes charging money is an after thought. 

David explained to me that most people don’t understand how many people in the world are prisoners in their own complex psychological structure. In today’s world entrepreneurism is the ideal, and as people want instant fortune and fame, they have heightened anxiety and more depression so David is busy. These complex issues are sometimes unsolvable, but his goal is to make people flourish and able to carry on. 

Some frustrations of this career is that some clients blame psychotherapists for not providing an instant fix because they are accustomed to our instant society, but changes in the human condition don’t happen instantaneously. As well psychotherapists sit all day (which must be annoying) and they have to listen to every word that a client says so it takes lots of concentration and attention. 

Although this job may sound like the worst and most depressing job out there David receives a lot back from these talks. He says that each “case” is different than before which really challenges him and that is the part that he loves. By helping people he also learns a lot about himself. He says his work has made him a champion and let him appreciate how lucky he is. 

Cool Fact: Before he became a psychotherapist, David was a teacher and a broadcaster, but I think its safe to say he’s staying a psychotherapist now since he really (seriously, really really) loves his job.

A Typical Day

The psychotherapist I shadowed, David Schatzky, sees 5-8 people per day for around 45 minutes each. He usually sees individuals, sometimes couples, and occasionally families. He has meaningful talks with his clients and helps people with their issues.

Top 3 Perks

1) You feel fulfilled because you are making a difference in peoples lives 

2) It’s engaging since every client poses a complex new challenge 

3) Barely have any paperwork as a private psychotherapist

Job Culture

Face to face discussions, indoors, lots of sitting, resolving conflicts, being attentive, interpreting others, emotionally draining, job autonomy

Requirements 

- Anyone can be a psychotherapist. All you need is 150 hours of personal therapy and studying psychology, social work, family studies, nursing and theology is recommended. 

 - David Schatzky is also part of a professional organization that has other requirements (http://www.psychotherapyontario.org/) - Other professions like social worker, psychologist, psychiatrist need different educational qualifications 


Skills Needed

Empathy, emotionally mature, communication, listening, making people take ownership for their actions, critical thinking, social perceptiveness


The Field 

- More and more psychotherapists are needed because we live in a world becoming more complex everyday (it’s harder to keep a job, people have more anxiety, artificial expectations, and people expect instant Hollywood glamour)

 - OHIP does not cover enough counseling and people can’t afford psychologists and psychiatrists which means more psychotherapists are in demand, unfortunately even they are expensive