Counselling Psychologists work with clients with a variety of problems, life issues and crises, using their knowledge of psychology, theory, and research to understand difficulties faced by individuals and deliver evidence based psychological therapy. Emphasis is placed on the importance of the therapeutic relationship and process, and on the needs of specific clients and contexts, so that whatever stage of life or situation individuals are in, understanding of the issues involved and of the emotional well being of the individual is paramount. Counselling Psychologists work collaboratively with clients to explore difficulties and consider how to make changes that might improve their psychological functioning.
Counselling Psychologists are trained and able to practice in at least three major theoretical areas of therapy, enabling them to respond appropriately and flexibly to individual clients. Standards of practice are maintained by supervision of therapeutic practice and continuing professional development.
Counselling Psychologists are registered as Practitioner Psychologists with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). The title of practitioner psychologist is protected by law, and HCPC is the only government body regulating the provision of psychological therapy to the public. The HCPC develops and monitors standards of care in order to provide the best quality of service.
Further information about Counselling Psychology can be found on the British Psychological Society (BPS) information page.
Counselling Psychologists are also registered as Practitioner Psychologists with the Health & Care Professions Council.
Further information about the The European Federation of Psychologists’ Association can be found on their web page.