About Counselling Psychology

Counselling Psychology is concerned with the application of psychological theories and techniques to help people cope with their difficulties, life issues and psychological disorders.

Chartered Counselling Psychologists are highly trained, and their in-depth training contributes a research-based perspective to the talking therapies. Counselling Psychologists combine the art and skills of counselling and psychotherapy with an approach grounded in psychological science, theory and research. Chartered Counselling Psychologists offer a non-judgemental relationship in a safe and confidential environment where issues and concerns can be openly discussed. Psychological counselling does not give advice, impose values nor tell you how to live your life, and neither does it claim to be the answer to every difficulty. Rather it offers, in a confidential setting, the opportunity for you to explore your concerns, to help you make sense of complex issues and to find a way forward.

Psychological therapy typically involves an assessment where the psychologist seeks to understand problems from the client’s perspective and how and why the particular difficulties have evolved. During the course of counselling a wide range of psychotherapeutic approaches can be used including cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT). Counselling Psychologists usually specialise in several approaches, and are trained to choose the most effective approach to fit the needs of the client.

The British Psychological Society believes that clinical supervision is deemed essential for all counselling psychologists. This ensures that good therapeutic practice standards are maintained. All information is treated as confidential, and client details are not disclosed without the client’s permission. Counselling Psychology is suitable for young people, adults, families, couples, groups and organisations seeking to gain a deeper understanding of themselves and their relationships. Sessions vary in number and frequency according to the needs of the individual client. Chartered Counselling Psychologists work to a strict code of Ethics and Practice set by the British Psychological Society and the Health Care Professions Council.