COUNSELLING PSYCHOLOGIST

JOB DESCRIPTION

Counselling psychologists utilise psychological theory and research in their theraputic work with clients.  Clients may present with a variety of problems ranging from anxiety and depression arising from difficult life issues to more serious mental health problems.Life issues could include bereavement, relationship difficulties, domestic violence or the aftereffects of childhood sexual abuse, while mental health problems could include eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PSTD) or psychosis.

TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES

SALARY AND CONDITIONS

Counselling psychologists working in The National Health Service (NHS)  should expect to start on Band 7 with a salary of around £30,460.Salaries can rise depending on experience, specialism and level of responsibility to £80,810. However, most counselling psychologists working in the NHS earn between £30,000 and £50,000.Counselling psychologists working outside of the NHS can expect to be paid similarly, although salaries may be lower regionally.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

You need to achieve the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) which can be done by completing either a British Psychological Society (BPS)  accredited undergraduate degree or a conversion course. Conversion courses are usually at least one year in length. Following your degree, you need to complete a BPS-accredited Doctorate in Counselling Psychology or the BPS Qualification in Counselling Psychology. You will then also be eligible for entry onto the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) register, which entitles you to use the title counselling psychologist.