San Francisco students majoring in psychology have a variety of career choices if they continue on to graduate school. That’s part of the advice offered from Tecsia Evans, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist, consultant, educator and relationship expert. Graciously taking time away from her private practice, she shared some information about her background, her life’s work and a passionate commentary on career choices for psychology students.
What is your background and education?
“I am a clinical psychologist with a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and Ph.D. from California School of Professional Psychology. I offer therapy services at a local hospital and in my private practice Dr. Evans Consulting based in Oakland.”
What type of services do you provide?
“In my private practice Dr. Evans Consulting, I provide individual and couples counseling for adults as well as leadership coaching and stress management to clergy and those in managerial positions, Christian based therapy and continued education classes to master and doctorate level therapists. I use a collaborative approach with my clients to provide support while offering concrete and attainable tools that assist them in making the changes they want to see.”
What advice can you offer to students interested in a career in psychology?
“Often people think that the only path you can take in psychology is becoming a therapist when in actuality this field lends itself to a variety of career choices such as becoming a researcher, consultant, professor, custody evaluator and the list goes on. Therefore, when thinking about your career in psychology first envision who you want to help and then the type of setting you want to do this in. Second, connect with professionals in the area of psychology you would like to pursue and gather information about their experiences. Third, research if a specific degree is required in order for you to reach your career goals. Often, a graduate level degree is required for the professional level positions. If planning to attend graduate school, only apply to programs that will prepare you for your desired career. Lastly, gain relevant work experience through internships and when ready pursue opportunities that are aligned with your career goals.”
Randy Yagi is a freelance writer covering all things San Francisco. In 2012, he was awarded a Media Fellowship from Stanford University. His work can be found on Examiner.com Examiner.com.