Masters degrees in Counselling Psychology explore psychological approaches to counselling techniques, and equip postgraduates with the skills to apply these methods within counselling and healthcare contexts.
Related subjects include Addiction Psychology and Therapeutic Counselling. Entry requirements typically include an appropriate undergraduate degree such as Counselling, Social Work or Psychology.
Counselling psychologists specialise in improving, managing and preventing mental health conditions for individuals, groups, and communities.
Courses in this field build your theoretical and empirical knowledge of the everyday processes that affect the mental health and wellbeing of various kinds of individuals. You will examine mental health from developmental perspectives, and explore specific psychological techniques in therapeutic interpersonal communication.
The kinds of topics you may be expected to help people with include career development and professional struggle, health and wellness, disability and social justice issues.
As a result, the contexts in which you may work are highly diverse. You might find roles within inpatient settings or early intervention, community mental health teams, schools and higher education, or vocational rehabilitation counselling. As well as counselling, you may explore careers in social work, or even forensic settings including probation.