Areas of practice
Counselling psychologists hold expertise in the following areas:
Counselling and psychotherapy
They provide a wide variety of techniques and therapeutic approaches that meet the specific needs and circumstances of clients. This includes in areas such as grief and loss, significant life transitions, developmental issues, relationship difficulties, domestic violence, sexual abuse/assault, trauma, maintaining healthy lifestyles, vocational assessment and career development.
Mental health disorders
This includes prevention, assessment, diagnosis and treatment of clients with mental health disorders, such as anxiety, depression, substance abuse, as well as more complex disorders, such as posttraumatic stress disorder and personality disorders.
Program development and evaluation
Use of research skills to analyse problems, design intervention strategies, and monitor and evaluate program outcomes. This includes areas such as treatment programs for addictions and mood disorders.
Resolution of conflict in interpersonal, work or community contexts.
Assessment and reports
Provision of cognitive, personality and vocational assessments. Reports may be provided to individuals, health and legal professionals, and government departments.