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How do I become a Counselling Psychologist?


1) You will need a 3-year degree in Psychology that meets the standards of accreditation by the British Psychological Society. Qualification with a 2i or more provides eligibility to apply for GBC (Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of BPS).

2) Relevant work with people with emotional demands will be needed.

3) It is often a requirement to have completed a basic counselling skills course before being accepted onto any postgraduate courses. However, with work experiences, you may pick up these skills.

4) You will need to undertake an accredited Postgraduate Qualification in Counselling Psychology. EITHER complete a 3-year accredited Doctorate OR the BPS Qualification in Counselling Psychology to gain eligibility to apply for registration with the HPC (Health Professions Council) to be able to use the title ‘Counselling Psychologist’.


Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of BPS - Basic requirement for postgraduate study in Psychology

Health Professions Council - Registration is a requirement to become a Chartered Psychologist and to be able to use the title 'Counselling Psychologist'

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