What is a Counselling Psychologist?
Counselling Psychologists provide assessment, diagnosis and psychotherapy for individuals, couples, families, and groups. They work across a wide range of problem areas and mental health conditions, using evidence-based therapies and evidence-based therapy relationships to help people overcome difficulties and move toward greater psychological health. Counselling Psychologists have a distinct philosophical stance, which recognizes the strengths and capacities of people at all levels of psychological functioning. They collaborate with people in a therapeutic relationship to bring about meaningful change.
The current minimum standard for a Counselling Psychologist is 8 years of accredited training, which is comprised of post-graduate university coursework and research at the Masters, Doctorate, or PhD in Counselling Psychology level followed by supervised placement in the field. Counselling Psychologists are rigorously assessed for their competency with a particular focus on managing complex and challenging cases in the wider community setting. Expertise in both counselling and psychotherapy are the central domain of focus. In addition to providing individual therapy, Counselling Psychologists are also trained to deliver couple therapy, family therapy, and group therapy.
Please visit the Association of Counselling Psychologists website for more information.