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Roles and Contexts in Counselling Psychology
Professionals in Practice

ISBN 9780367747435
Published May 2, 2022 by Routledge
232 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Roles and Contexts in Counselling Psychology looks at the different contexts that counselling psychologists typically work within, offering a snapshot of the ‘day job’.  

The book provides insights into roles that reflect the human lifespan from birth to death, focusing upon specific mental health experiences and considering roles external to healthcare settings such as expert witness and independent practice. Each chapter is written by a counselling psychologist and offers an overview of their particular specialism and their experiences within it, bringing a unique transparency and personal insight. The book describes the skills that are required for the different roles and their challenges and rewards. It also discusses how the philosophy of counselling psychology is maintained and explores the associated ethical and legal considerations. Further, it takes note of the issues relating to leadership and diversity.

The book is an essential resource for undergraduate psychology and counselling students and trainee clinical or counselling psychologists, as well as qualified practitioners.

Table of Contents

Introduction, Mark Bradley, Helen Nicholas and Daisy Best; Section 1: Lifespan; 1.Working in perinatal mental health as a counselling psychologist, Claire Arnold-Baker; 2. Working with children and adolescents, Terry Hanley and Andre Etchebarne; 3.Working as a counselling psychologist in Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT) services, Joanna Omylinska-Thurston and Charles Frost; 4. Older adults’ psychology, Philippa Capel; 5. Counselling psychology and end-of-life care, Raymond Dempsey; Section 2: Condition specific; 6. Working as a counselling psychologist in an adult learning disability team, Stephen Ollis; 7. Opposites attract? Counselling psychology in medical and physical health settings, Lesley Armitage; 8. Working with clients with neurological conditions, Tony Ward; 9. Working with people who have unusual experiences, Pam Jameson; 10. Working in an adult mental health affective disorders service, Jessica McCarrick; 11. Severe and enduring anorexia nervosa, Gabriel Wynn; 12. Working as a counselling psychologist in an NHS Occupational Health setting, Julia Ann Harrison; 13. Working relationally with trauma, Helen Nicholas; 14. Forensic settings, Janice Brydon; Section 3: Beyond healthcare; 15. Counselling psychologist as expert witness in family courts, Mark Bradley; 16. Working in independent private practice, Helen Nicholas and Daisy Best; 17. Working as a counselling psychology lecturer in higher education; Motivating, evolving and challenging, Daisy Best; Conclusion, Helen Nicholas, Daisy Best and Mark Bradley

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Daisy Best qualified as a counselling psychologist in 2008 and has worked therapeutically with clients for over twenty years within the NHS, third sector and currently within her own independent psychology practice. She taught on a doctorate in counselling psychology for 12 years and is an active researcher.

Helen Nicholas is a registered practitioner psychologist and accredited EMDR therapist currently working in independent private practice. She taught in academia and was the (Interim) Head of Department at a UK university. Helen specialises in working with adults and older adults with trauma, adjustment disorders, depression, anxiety, phobias and work-related stress.

Mark Bradley is a registered practitioner psychologist working in independent private practice. He has worked with children and their families for 25 years and has substantial experience as an expert witness in family courts. His main area of expertise is in safeguarding and the effects of trauma on child development.


This book is an important collection which will be of use not only to counselling psychologists but also to many others in the field of mental health and human well-being. Counselling psychology is all too often considered to be simply counselling and, while that can form an invaluable part of the work, consists of very much more. This book eloquently highlights many of the other domains and endeavours which the profession works within.

Christina Richards, Professor

MSc DCPsych CPsychol EuroPsy FBPsS

HCPC Registered Applied Psychologist

Lead Consultant Psychologist & Head of Research

Visiting Professor Regent's University London


‘What do counselling psychologists actually do? This exciting and innovative new collection of chapters throws light on the many different areas of counselling psychology practice, and the wide range of clients that counselling psychologists work with. A much needed addition to the literature in the field.’

Mick Cooper

Professor of Counselling Psychology
Department of Psychology
University of Roehampton | London