Counselling psychology, as a psychological speciality, facilitates personal and interpersonal functioning across the life span with a focus on emotional, social, vocational, educational, health-related, and developmental concerns.
Therefore counselling psychologists can be found working in such diverse areas as schools and colleges, industrial workplaces and health services. Counselling psychology encompasses a broad range of practices that help people improve their well being, alleviate distress and maladjustment, resolve crises, and increase their ability to live more highly functioning lives. Counselling psychologists work with people who have experienced a range of emotional and psychological difficulties. These include problems of identity and bereavement, relationship problems, sexual abuse, emotional abuse and neglect.
In order to become a counselling psychologist, an accredited honours undergraduate degree where psychology is the major subject is required. Completion of an accredited postgraduate training programme in counselling psychology is then required. You can enhance your chances of achieving a place on such a programme by achieving a high grade at undergraduate level and demonstrating an interest in the area through research relevant to counselling psychology. It is also useful to gain experience of working with people in a therapeutic setting and to engage in personal development work.
Courses that are currently accredited by PSI are as follows: