Students learn to effectively counsel individuals, couples and families dealing with a wide range of issues. It also provides a strong base in research and theoretical knowledge. You’ll study a variety of topics, including counselling theory, human development, psychopathology and relational theories.
Counselling and Psychotherapy are closely related subjects, so it makes sense to study a course that covers both areas. Counselling focuses on providing support and guidance to clients who are experiencing difficulties in their lives. Psychotherapy, on the other hand, is a more in-depth form of treatment that aims to help clients understand and resolve underlying psychological issues.
Many Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy are accredited by the relevant professional body (in the UK, this is the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy – BACP), so you can rest assured that your qualification will be recognised by the sector.
Depending on the focus of the programme, it’s possible to get an MA or an MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Lots of universities also offer shorter PGDips and PGCerts in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Why study a Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy?
By becoming an accredited counsellor or psychotherapist, you’ll embark on a rewarding career that revolves around helping other people. You could work in a number of settings, from hospital and charities to your own private practice.