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My Journey to Becoming an Outcome-Oriented Psychotherapist

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In March 2023, I began my path towards becoming an Outcome-Oriented Psychotherapist, aiming for UKCP accreditation. Fortuitously, my previous learning enabled me to advance directly to the third year of my postgraduate diploma through the Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process.

What is an Outcome oriented psychotherapist?

An Outcome Oriented Psychotherapist predominantly incorporates techniques from Neuro-Linguistic Psychotherapy and Hypno -Psychotherapy, while also integrating methods from other modalities such as Gestalt therapy, Person-Centred therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Transactional Analysis.

Outcome-Oriented Psychotherapy facilitates a deeper understanding of a client's personal experiences, delving into the intricate layers of their emotions, thoughts,

physical sensations, actions, fears, and aspirations. This approach introduces clients to various techniques aimed at fostering a state of relaxation and self-empowerment. It particularly focuses on modifying harmful behavioural patterns, paving the way for the emergence of new, effective choices.

At its core, Outcome-Oriented Psychotherapy is about building a meaningful relationship between the client and therapist, as well as strengthening the client's connection with their own inner workings. This collaborative process creates a secure and nurturing environment, aligning the conscious and unconscious mind, which in turn enhances the client's self-sufficiency, interpersonal relationships, and ability to steer their life in a direction they find fulfilling.

Outcome-Oriented Psychotherapy, unlike other therapies, is goal-oriented. Goals are achieved through goal setting, addressing unresolved emotional wounds, healing from trauma-induced responses, altering negative behaviours, and discovering new perspectives. This enables clients to navigate their experiences with increased autonomy, adaptability, and insight.

What does it take to become an accredited Psychotherapist with the UK Council of Psychotherapy (UKCP)?

The journey to become an accredited psychotherapist with the UKCP typically spans 4 to 6 years. However, previous educational and professional experiences can accelerate this process, allowing trainees to start their course in either their second or third year. For instance, my prior qualifications in Hypnotherapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Counselling, EMDR, and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy enabled me to begin directly in the third year.

The training extends beyond classroom learning. As a trainee, you must complete a minimum of 450 supervised contact hours, adhering to a 1:6 supervision ratio. These sessions are one-on-one with a supervisor, focusing on case discussions (with strict client confidentiality), exploring concepts like transference and countertransference, and ensuring ethical practice.

In addition to this, trainees are required to engage in 250 hours of self-development, including at least 48 hours in contracted psychotherapy. A 50-hour mental health placement is also essential.

Academically, the program demands the completion of a 15,000-word dissertation, alongside various case studies and assignments. This comprehensive approach ensures a well-rounded and deeply informed understanding of psychotherapy, preparing trainees for professional practice.

Where I’m at with my training...

As of March 2024, I entered the fourth and final year of my training. Up to this point, I've completed all my written assignments and my dissertation. To date, I've accumulated 436 hours of supervised practice and have completed the full 50 hours of my mental health placement, alongside 250 hours dedicated to personal development, of which 48 hrs of contracted personal psychotherapy.

Reflecting on the past year, I can say that my learning experience has been profound, though not always straightforward. The journey to achieving one's goals rarely is. For 2024, my aim is to pace myself and truly savour this learning journey. I've cleared some space from my other commitments to fully immerse myself in this process. I was once told that true learning involves not just preaching about or understanding concepts but embodying them and living them. Eventually, this knowledge becomes a natural part of you, as if it's part of your bones.


Updated 12/7/24



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