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1st Edition

How to Become a Counselling Psychologist

ISBN 9781138948242
Published June 15, 2017 by Routledge
132 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Counselling psychologists can play a fundamental and inspiring role in people’s lives. Their aim is to address a range of psychological and emotional issues, helping people to live more skilful, effective, and meaningful lives. But how do you qualify, and what is being a counselling psychologist really like?

 How to Become a Counselling Psychologist is the first book to provide a clear, practical guide to the pathway to qualifying as a counselling psychologist. Written by an experienced practitioner, and incorporating testimonials from trainees, trainers, and qualified counselling psychologists, it explains every step of the journey, including advice on a suitable degree course, making the most of a training placement, how to prepare for the job interview, and the challenges of making the transition from training to qualification.

 Written for anyone from current students to those interested in a change of career, How to Become a Counselling Psychologist is an indispensable guide for anyone interested in this rich and varied branch of psychology.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction (Series Editor David Murphy)

Chapter 2: What does a counselling psychologist do?

Chapter 3: The next step: equipping yourself for professional training

Chapter 4: Becoming a trainee

Chapter 5: Starting out

Chapter 6: Career possibilities

Appendix: useful information


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Dr Elaine Kasket, C.Psychol., is an HCPC-Registered Counselling Psychologist. She is well acquainted with the "portfolio" professional identity that is familiar to so many counselling psychologists, having worked as a trainer, practitioner, supervisor, researcher, Principal Lecturer, and Head of Programmes within the field. She is passionate about psychologists sharing their knowledge with the world and so now divides her time between her practice and writing for a general audience. She is the author of All the Ghosts in the Machine: Illusions of Immortality in the Digital Age (Little, Brown UK, 2019). 


‘Elaine Kasket has written a must-read for anyone considering a career as a counselling psychologist. This is the first book of its kind, which provides an informative guide, alongside valuable tips, for navigating the journey towards qualification. The essence of the profession and its training has been captured beautifully through the expert knowledge of the author which is synergistically accompanied by the voices of trainees, academics and practitioners. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in pursuing counselling psychology as a career.’ - Dr. Victoria Galbraith, Registrar for the BPS Qualification in Counselling Psychology & Consultant Counselling Psychologist, Galbraith Consultancy