Counselling Psychology places an emphasis on a client’s subjective experience, feelings and meanings. It holds the therapeutic relationship as crucial so that the difficulties the client is experiencing can be explored safely and in a contained manner.

It is a person-centered approach to therapy and can be thought of as a combination of counselling and psychology. The counselling element is highlighted through the therapeutic relationship and the psychological aspect allows for the work of therapy to be rooted in psychological theories.

In turn, counselling psychology can support clients with a variety of difficulties. A counselling psychologist will generally work in an integrative manner meaning that different psychological theories are considered when working with a client, which can allow a counselling psychologist to support clients in identifying the underlying cause of current difficulties.

For further information please consult the British Psychological Society website:


Christina Hardy