I am researching grad schools right now and careers. Here are my ideas and I would appreciate any advice any psychology students/professionals may have for me.
I am very interested in how the brain works and how perception=reality. In addition, I am interested in working with patients as a therapist (not a psychiatrist because I do not like the bio-psycho model). For a time I wondered if I should do psychiatry because they learn extensively about neurology, but I do not like their treatment model. I know that famous MFTs like Carl Whitaker were once psychiatrists, so I could still do therapy as one, but I'm not sure if I should dedicate all that time in med school just to practice something I wasn't trained to do (non medical therapy).
So after some consideration I think I want to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology because it seems like they are able to work in a number of different psychological disciplines, but I don't know a ton about that career yet.
My interests are dream studies, psychedelic studies, trans-cranial magnetic stimulation studies, craniotomy studies, neuroplasticity, art therapy, and I like to travel so maybe psychology-oriented missions like doctors without borders.
Ive talked to some psychologists that recomend getting a masters degree before a PhD, so I think I'd probably get that in marriage and family therapy.
Also something I've been considering is doing grad school in germany because of the fantastic psychological programs and free tuition (for public schools at least).
I know this is sort of ambivalent, but if anyone has any advice on any of these topics (getting a PhD, clinical psychology, neuroscience, studying in a foreign country, grad school in general) I would greatly appreciate it!