Required Training for this Role
Counselling psychologists will usually have completed an undergraduate degree or master’s degree in psychology accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) to confer the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (usually 2:1 or higher).
This will be followed by further training and some experience of face to face work with adults or children. Finally, counselling psychologists complete an accredited practitioner doctoral degree in counselling psychology, or the completion of the qualification in counselling psychology is awarded by the BPS. The courses require supervised counselling practice of 450 hours over three or more years in a variety of settings. Trainees are required to receive personal therapy during training.