I'm 17 (a senior in high school) and I've been trying to figure out a career path for a while now. I've recently been trying to figure out how I can combine my passion for spirituality and philosophy with a realistic career path.
I want the salary and work-life balance of a psychiatrist (so that I can provide for a family), but I just want to counsel people and apply spiritual wisdom / psychological knowledge to my work. Ideally I would run a private practice where I could prescribe medication in addition to giving psychotherapy to patients. I'd also like to provide therapy for mentally healthy people as well, who just want someone to talk to but do not need medication. How realistic is this idea for a career path?
TL;DR – Is my vision of running a private practice where I almost exclusively give psychotherapy, work 40 hour work weeks and still make 200k – 300k realistic? Is there anything I should know if I'm trying to accomplish this?
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