What is psychology?
Why do we need psychology?
Who can be a psychologist?
Types of psychologist
Types of Psychologist
There are several main types of psychologists, depending on their specialist postgraduate qualifications or training: Clinical,
Counselling, Educational, Forensic, Health, Occupational, Neuropsychologist, and Teaching & Research.
Counselling Psychologists apply psychology to working collaboratively with people across a diverse range of human problems. These
include helping people manage difficult life events such as bereavement, past and present relationships and working with mental
health issues and disorders.
Counselling Psychologists accept subjective experience as valid for each person, explore underlying issues and use an active
collaborative relationship to empower people to consider change. Counselling Psychologists utilise a holistic stance, which
involves examining the issues brought to them within the wider context of what has given rise to those issues.
Counselling Psychologists work within the NHS in general and psychiatric hospitals and GP surgeries; in private hospitals and
in independent practice; within education in schools, colleges and universities; in industry and in public and private corporate
institutions. Within these settings Counselling Psychologists may work directly with individuals, couples, families, groups or
act as consultants. Click here to read more.
Clinical Psychologists aim to reduce psychological distress and to enhance and promote psychological well-being. They work with
people with mental or physical health problems - which might include anxiety and depression, serious and enduring mental illness,
adjustment to physical illness, neurological disorders, addictive behaviours, childhood behaviour disorders, personal and family
relationships. They work with people throughout the life-span and with those with learning disabilities.
They work largely in health and social care settings including hospitals, health centres, community mental health teams, child
and adolescent mental health services and social services. Some work as trainers, teachers and researchers in universities, and
some work in the private sector
The above information is ©2000-2004 The British Psychological Society.
top of page