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Behavioral Therapy Careers in Virginia

Virginia residents who are considering switching to or starting out with a career in behavioral therapy will have a wide range of choice when it comes to the jobs they wish to do in the field. Behavioral therapists can work in many different capacities and in lots of different types of environments, depending upon their qualifications and their interests. In order to get you thinking about the type of work you might enjoy as a behavioral therapist, we’ve compiled a list of some of the more common behavioral therapy careers in the beautiful state of Virginia.

Independent Behavioral Therapists: It’s a fairly new development, but more and more behavioral therapists in the state are leaving behind traditional practices in favor of doing their own work on their own schedules and in their own time! Independent behavioral therapists typically charge their clients less for their help but also have shorter sessions and the benefit of scheduling them around their own schedules. Typically, the sessions hosted by independent behavioral therapists are less intense and deal with less serious subjects than sessions hosted in a traditional environment. Independent behavioral therapists, for example, might help patients to learn to quit smoking or to overcome overeating and to stick to a diet.

Addiction Specialists: Addiction is a rampantly growing problem in today’s society. As such, more and more behavioral therapists are being called to help those who struggle with addictions outside of the realm of traditional alcohol and drug abuse. Addictions of this sort include things like anorexia, bulimia, and compulsive exercise (eating disorders), self harm or mutilation, compulsive shopping, and obsessive compulsive disorder. Behavioral therapists who work in this regard help individuals to recognize and then to change their negative behaviors for positive ones and to learn how to better cope in today’s difficult world.

Substance Abuse Therapists: Even though the faces and types of addictions are changing rapidly, there is still a need in the state for behavioral therapists who know how to work with the very specific problems of substance abusers and addicts. Behavioral therapists who work in this manner help those suffering from drug, alcohol, and prescription medication addictions, or any other addiction involving a substance. Therapists help them to understand and get to the root of their problems and to learn to overcome them for good. Such therapists typically work in rehabilitation centers or in halfway homes where patients learn to transition successfully into the real world.

Clinical Behavioral Therapists: The vast majority of behavioral therapists deal with a wide range of behavioral problems, not just a specific type of problem. These therapists typically conduct their work in a traditional office type setting at a practice. The practice may be private or state owned, and clients can be voluntarily or required to attend therapy sessions by the state, often as an alternative for incarceration for crimes committed due to a behavioral problem, such as aggression or alcohol abuse. These therapists might work in their own practices or in the practices of others.

School System Behavioral Therapists: In our public school system, there are many students that suffer from behavioral problem. They often disrupt the whole learning environment and the classroom as a whole, and teachers, more often than not, do not know how to deal with them. For this reason, more and more school systems in the state are hiring behavioral therapists to either work directly with troubled children or with the teachers to help them learn to better handle behavioral problems in the classroom. Some therapists might also help to design specialized programs or curriculum for students with behavioral problems.

Research Behavioral Therapists: After many years of working in the field in one of these or another capacities, many behavioral therapists will choose to focus their time and energy on important research. They might create and perform scientific or psychological studies and publish the findings of the study in a related journal. They might also review the notes they have taken on patients over the years to write a book or to create important case studies that can help behavioral therapists to make important discoveries. These positions are some of the most coveted and well paid in the field.