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The 7 reasons you CAN'T be a psychologist

This article has been adapted from episode 112 of The Aspiring psychologist Podcast. If you prefer you can listen here or watch here. 


Embarking on a journey towards a career in psychology can be both exciting and challenging. However, misconceptions and discouraging comments from others may make you question your compatibility with this rewarding profession. In this eye-opening episode of the Aspiring Psychologist podcast, Dr. Marianne Trent addresses seven common misconceptions that might be holding you back from pursuing a career in psychology. Let's challenge these doubts together and uncover the truth about thriving in this diverse and impactful field.

  1. You Won't Cope: Mental Health Stigma in Psychology

Dr. Trent begins by addressing a shocking misconception – the idea that individuals considering a career in psychology won't cope, either with their mental health or personal challenges. She emphasises the importance of supportive supervisors and mentors who understand the potential for growth and change in individuals navigating difficult times. Personal stories, including her own and those of colleagues, highlight that adversity can contribute to becoming a more resilient and empathetic psychologist.

  1. Neurodiversity: Embracing Differences in the Field

The podcast challenges the notion that individuals with neurodiverse traits, such as autism, ADHD, dyslexia, or dyspraxia, are not suited for psychology. Dr. Trent advocates for a more inclusive perspective and introduces an exciting book project, "An Autistic Anthology: Neuro Narratives of Mental Health Professionals," showcasing the diverse voices within the mental health community.

  1. Parenthood and Psychology: Breaking Stereotypes

Addressing the misconception that becoming a parent is incompatible with pursuing a career in psychology, Dr. Trent shares her own experiences as a qualified clinical psychologist and mother. She debunks the myth that being a parent limits career growth, emphasising the importance of time management and planning.

  1. Physical Health Challenges: Breaking Down Barriers

The podcast challenges the stereotype that individuals with physical health challenges or wheelchair users cannot excel in psychology. Dr. Trent introduces stories of psychologists who use wheelchairs, emphasising the importance of creating inclusive environments and breaking down physical barriers.

  1. Esteem and Respect: Psychology's Worth

Dismissing the idea that psychology is a thankless job with limited career progression, Dr. Trent highlights the diverse opportunities within the field. She shares personal experiences, showcasing the breadth and impact of a career in psychology, from client work to media engagement and writing books.

  1. Career Progression: The Sky's the Limit

The podcast dispels the misconception that psychology offers limited career progression, emphasising the infinite possibilities for growth within the field. Dr. Trent shares stories of psychologists who have achieved director-level positions and showcases the varied career paths available.

  1. Making a Difference: Psychology's Impact

Finally, the podcast challenges the belief that a career in psychology won't make a significant impact. Dr. Trent emphasises the transformative potential of small actions, emphasising that even individual therapy sessions can create meaningful ripples of change.


Dr. Marianne Trent's podcast episode dismantles common misconceptions about pursuing a career in psychology, offering hope, encouragement, and a broader perspective. Whether you're navigating personal challenges, embracing neurodiversity, balancing parenthood, overcoming physical barriers, or seeking career growth, psychology is a diverse and impactful field with opportunities for everyone. Aspiring psychologists are encouraged to challenge these myths, embrace their unique qualities, and redefine their perspective on the fulfilling journey ahead.

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