Carina T.

IAPT Step 3 (High Intensity) Project Lead/High Intensity CBT Therapist
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Carina T.

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IAPT Step 3 (High Intensity) Project Lead/High Intensity CBT Therapist
We Are With You
United Kingdom

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A day in the life of a IAPT Step 3 (High Intensity) Project Lead/High Intensity CBT Therapist in the United Kingdom

My current role combines clinical work and research, the two main areas I have worked in.

Briefly describe the organisation you work for

We Are With You is a charity that provides support to people experiencing issues with drugs, alcohol, or mental health. I work in IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) - the service is funded by the NHS to provide evidence-based psychological therapies to people with anxiety and depression.

What do you do?

A qualified High Intensity CBT Therapist (working with people with moderate to severe symptoms of anxiety and depression), I currently have a secondment role in service design and development - leading on a project which involves developing and rolling out a service-wide group psycho-therapeutic intervention programme, using agile project management.

Reflecting upon your past employment and education, what led you to your current career choice?

In short, my current role combines clinical work and research, the two main areas I have worked in - and I think it's what I was looking for, a combination, rather than one or the other.

Is your current job sector different from what you thought you would enter when you graduated?

Yes - when I graduated I thought I wanted to be an academic researcher!

Describe your most memorable day at work

I think this would include the day a client told me that for the first time in her life, she didn't hate herself anymore, and also the day I ran a session of the depression course (group) I had developed myself online for the first time and all clients showed up and said, unprompted, that they had found it really useful - with less than 48h notice that we had to move from in person to online due to Covid-19.

What extracurricular activities did you undertake at university and what transferable skills did you develop through these?

I did research assistant work - very useful in finding out more about how actual research is carried out - from participant recruitment and stimulus design to data analysis.

What top tips do you have for York students preparing for today’s job market and life after graduation?

Use your time at university to explore as many things as you can (without it affecting your academic performance though!) - collect experiences and skills so you have a better idea of what you like and what you don't.

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