Counselling psychologist

Counselling psychology deals with a wide range of mental health problems that may occur such as common mental health disorders including depression, in addition to eating disorders, psychosis, personality disorder, negative life events, bereavement, domestic violence, sexual, emotional and physical abuse, traumas and relationship issues.

This page has information on the role of a counselling psychologist. There are also links to further information. 

Working life 

Counselling psychologists consider how people relate, how they think and behave, their experiences of the world and how they function in their everyday life. This will include exploring people’s social, economic, cultural, spiritual and physical health experiences. Counselling psychologists use psychological and psychotherapeutic theory and research. They work to reduce psychological distress and to promote the well-being of individuals, groups and families.

The relationship between a psychologist and client is considered to be central for counselling psychologists as it helps to inform the understanding of particular psychological difficulties as it applies to clients. As part of counselling psychology training and continued professional development, counselling psychologist’s engage in personal therapy as a client as they may bring aspects of themselves to their work, derived from their training, wider knowledge, and lived experience. 

Psychologist and patient

Where will I work? 

Working within the NHS as a counselling psychologist, you'll work in general and psychiatric hospitals and GP surgeries. You may also work within:

Many counselling psychologists also work in academia, teaching and researching in their area of expertise.

Who will I work with?

Counselling psychologists work with individuals, (children, young people, adults and older adults), couples, families, with groups and at an organisational and community level.

Counselling psychologists may work as part of multi-professional teams that include doctors, nurses and allied health professionals. Counselling psychologists could also be in management and leadership roles and contribute to the design and implementation of mental health services.

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